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Team Moon by Catherine Thimmesh
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Dec 16, 09

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Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon
4 out of 5
Team Moon is a look inside the Apollo 11 mission to put a man on the moon. Catherine Thimmesh used quotes from the astronauts (Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, Buzz Aldrin) as well as pictures taken from the entire saga to tell the story. There were not any illustrations in the book; all images were photographs. She went chronologically from the beginning of the launch to the splash in the Pacific. Periodically she would use flash-backs to show how the people behind the scenes, to whom this book was written, solved the problems they faced in real-time with the solutions they came up with during mock trials. The pictures were beautiful, vivid, and clear; some were taken by the astronauts and some by people on earth. They covered each page and eliminated the white space to produce an aesthetically pleasing book view and to read. I gave this book 4 stars out of 5 because of the pictures, quotes, and style of writing. It was formative on the successful attempt to put a man on the moon and bring him back again. I would have liked to have seen the text to have been more concise; I do not think students would be able to stay focused while reading the book. The end of the book is a dream for teachers. Included in the book is an index, glossary, credits, points to further explore, sources used, and chapter notes.
The recommended reading level for the book would be for students in fourth or through sixth grades. Students would be able to relate to the historic pictures, and the fact that being on the moon was a huge step for mankind. Two subject areas into which the book could be integrated could be history and language arts. For a language arts lesson, students could write from the prospective of Neil Armstrong. If they were Neil, how would they feel? What would they be thinking? Would they be scared? Male students may have an easier time connecting to the book, because it is about space and there are bits of technical information about spaceships and satellites.
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