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How We Got to the Moon: The People, Technology, and Daring Feats of Science Behind Humanity's Greatest Adventure by [John Rocco]

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How We Got to the Moon: The People, Technology, and Daring Feats of Science Behind Humanity's Greatest Adventure

growth mindset books for kids, apollo 11, astronomy, solar system, nasa, moon, astronaut toys

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“Rocco delivers a strikingly beautiful and highly informative account of the United States’s audacious effort to send human beings to the moon.” —The Horn Book, starred review

“This paean to ingenuity and collaboration, which also functions as a rocket science primer, is nothing short of stellar." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A soaring tribute." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"A triumphant undertaking that places readers in the historic moment." —Booklist, starred review

"A gorgeously illustrated nonfiction book about the Apollo program and the space race." —School Library Journal

"[Rocco] focuses on heroes from a diferent realm...[and] make[s] clear the risks and dangers of the project." —The Washington Post

“As an astronaut during the Space Shuttle and International Space Station eras, I stood on the shoulders of these innovating pioneers. This fascinating book illuminates the hard work and risks taken in service of one of the crowning achievements of our history in space.” —SCOTT KELLY, former NASA astronaut and commander of the International Space Station

“This spectacular book is going to inspire future generations of problem solvers and dreamers, whether it is to venture back into space or to look more closely at the seemingly overwhelming challenges we confront right here on Earth. Nothing short of stunning!” —DAVID MACAULAY, Caldecott Medal winner and co-creator of the New York Times bestseller The Way Things Work

“The extraordinary passion, ingenuity, and persistence of the 400,000 people who turned an ‘impossible’ dream into reality leap off every page of John Rocco’s beautifully illustrated, thoroughly researched, and lucidly written book.” —ANDREW CHAIKIN, author of A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts

"How We Got to The Moon is for everyone, the thousands on the firing line, those who developed the tools and the dreamers who wrote the books on how it could be done. It captures the time and the people not just for my generation but for all generations to come." —GENE KRANZ, retired NASA Flight Director of Apollo 11

From School Library Journal

Gr 5 Up-This illustrated nonfiction book depicts each step of the scientific and engineering journey that facilitated the moon landing. The history of the Apollo program takes a back seat to the explanations of various rocket science concepts. This is often presented in a problem-and-solution format, which adds a narrative aspect to the otherwise technical texts. The hand-drawn illustrations move from portraits to technical drawings with remarkable ease. Every page provides graphic features, including illustrations or callout boxes. Many graphics-heavy nonfiction books can be overwhelming, but this work's aesthetic is classic and coordinated. The stories of the people and their process are given as much weight as the many diagrams and engineering marvels. Several of the collage illustrations and individual profiles show the people of color and women who helped with the NASA program while acknowledging the overall lack of diversity and problems within both the time period and institution. There are a lot of books about the Apollo program, but this one offers many unique elements that make it a good addition to a collection. VERDICT A gorgeously illustrated nonfiction book about the Apollo program and the space race that does its best to highlight diversity and the human story but focuses primarily on engineering. An engaging second-level purchase for medium and larger libraries.-Elizabeth Nicolai, Anchorage P.L., AKα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B084M6349W
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Crown Books for Young Readers (October 6, 2020)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ October 6, 2020
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 461789 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 257 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 0525647422
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 171 ratings

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I love books. The fact that I get to make books for a living still thrills me everyday. I write and illustrate picture books and novels for children as well as illustrate books for older readers. Many of my books have received prestigious awards including my New York Times Bestselling book, BLACKOUT which received the Caldecott Honor. I am also the illustrator for Rick Riordan's blockbuster series' Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Kane Chronicles and Heroes of Olympus.

I didn't always make books. Before embarking on full time work as an author/illustrator I worked as an art director in the entertainment business. Movies, television, theme parks and museums were my canvas. It was great work and I enjoyed every minute of it, but...

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Reviewed in the United States on October 8, 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life and Science inspiring Art, Art inspiring Life
By AR on October 19, 2020
With more than 250 gorgeous pages of rigorously researched and elegantly visualized stories of challenges, met and resolved, John Rocco's HOW WE GOT TO THE MOON is a master work befitting one of humanity's most daring and improbable collective achievements.

HOW WE GOT TO THE MOON inspires wonder at human ingenuity, science and engineering, while being at its heart a story about people. It beautifully celebrates the sum of the work of individuals—some famous, some unheralded—whom each in their own important way contributed to this mission.

As told in the book's opening pages, pioneering German rocket engineer Wernher von Braun was inspired as a child by Jules Verne's fictional novel FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON. In turn, this book will surely transmit to its readers* a love of nature, problem-solving and adventure.

*My wife and I bought copies for both our young nephews/nieces and for family members who are engineers and doctors. It is a welcome breath of inspiration and optimism in mankind, for all ages, during tough times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Your students will return to this again and again
By Sunday C on January 5, 2021
NCTE Orbis Pictus Recommended Book 2021

REMARKABLE for the detailed illustrations and depth of content.

In the author's note, Rocco writes about how he set out to research and then explain every single part of the Apollo/Saturn machine. While readers learns about common NASA topics like "space food," they also learn about thousands of other pieces of equipment (and the people who created them) needed for this endeavor (e.g., F-1 engines, inertial platform, main control panels) and how this equipment works. These details are embedded in a larger narrative of how NASA got men to the moon.

Rocco created every illustration from scratch so that he could make the concepts more accessible to students. This is especially apparent in his diagrams explaining how components like the F-1 engine work.

Not a picture book you can read aloud to students. Definitely a reference book that your students will want to return to again and again. As a science teacher, this could be helpful in making connections between NGSS and real world applications, too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for both kids and adults.
By J. Russell on February 19, 2021
I got this book for the 8th birthday of a precocious grandkid. Even though some of the technical details are still too advanced for him, the drawings are both accurate and gorgeous. Since the book is about a history of the Apollo program, it will not become out-of-date like many other books about space exploration.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 7, 2021
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