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Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  514 ratings  ·  129 reviews
Here is a rare perspective on a story we only thought we knew. For Apollo 11, the first moon landing, is a story that belongs to many, not just the few and famous. It belongs to the seamstress who put together twenty-two layers of fabric for each space suit. To the engineers who created a special heat shield to protect the capsule during its fiery reentry. It belongs to th ...more
Hardcover, 80 pages
Published June 26th 2006 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
No, I did not read every word... I'm just not quite that interested in the subject. But the thing is, I was trying just to page through this for a group read, and I kept getting sucked in to reading more closely. Important, fascinating, beautiful.
Mar 12, 2014 rated it did not like it
normally for a book i give only one star i won't review it. but this was required reading for a class on the Sibert Medal and so many people have liked it that my review won't change its popularity. this is my review for the class w/some editing.

The book looks like one of the volumes from the Time-Life sets you find at thrift stores for two bucks each, or the books that come w/faux aged xeroxed documents and pictures that you pull out of pockets on every other page.

There are tiny fonted footnote
Jul 26, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone, especially kids who like space and adults who display their "future astronaut" patch
Shelves: non-fiction, junior
(Musical pairing: Man on the Moon by R.E.M.)

Let me start by saying that I was not one of those kids who was into space and NASA as a kid. But maybe if I had had this book, I would have been.
What sets Team Moon apart from other books on space or Apollo 11 is Thimmesh's approach to the topic. Instead of just telling the basic facts and focusing on the space race and the astronauts themselves, she focuses on the team effort of the mission. The success of the mission and lives of the astronauts dep
Rachel Hutsell
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Genre: Informational
Grade: Middle Grades
This book is full of amazing information about the minds behind the mission of the Apollo 11 landing. I like how it shifts the popular focus of JUST astronauts to the intelligent minds that put in hard work for the landing to happen. The astronauts are important, but they alone did not complete the mission, which is important for children to see and know. The book has real pictures and explanations of the pictures. It also has real quotes from the people i
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rll-539
The opening of this book puts the reader in the mindset of the times. It is 1969 and all around the world people are gathering around television sets in their homes and around their towns to experience history together. No one wanted to miss out for they knew this event was historical. The way the text is written transports you and creates the deep feelings of eagerness, fear, and excitement everyone felt. This book demands your attention from the very first page and pulls you through all of the ...more
Nov 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
Non-fiction - Sibert Medal winner, 2007
For upper elementary-middle school

Illustrated with photographs, this tells the story of the 400,000 people who worked to make Apollo 11 a success, putting the first men on the moon - and bringing them home again.

Using in-depth details and behind the scenes information, Thimmesh makes the first moon landing engrossing by telling the story with suspense and enthusiasm. The book is reasonably big, allowing the photographs to pack a punch, with many full-page i
This book is excellent for introducing man's first landing on the moon. This book takes the reader step by step on how it all happened and all the many people who contributed to help this awesome event happen. The pictures were absolutely beautiful and are a reason to reflect on what has been accomplished over the years through space travel. I think this book should be in every classroom library.
RLL22016_Clara Garcia
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: info-bios
Team Moon has tons of researched information of the Apollo 11 mission. It gives a great detailed account from the beginning of "the dream" until the end. It has beautiful pictures directly from the Apollo 11 mission and uses powerful quotes throughout the text. I think you have to be a space enthusiast to truly enjoy this book.
Richie Partington
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
25 March 2012 TEAM MOON: HOW 400,000 PEOPLE LANDED APOLLO 11 ON THE MOON by Catherine Thimmesh, Houghton Mifflin, 2006, 80p., ISBN: 978-0-618-50757-3

“Giant steps are what you take, walking on the moon
I hope my legs won’t break, walking on the moon.”

“’Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay on the moon to rest in peace…These brave men, Neil Armstrong and [Buzz] Aldren, know that there is no hope for their recovery. But they also know there is hope
Alison Waara
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This informational book has everything, from an awesome storytelling of man’s first landing on the moon to pictures and photographs to a glossary explaining various words used in space slang. The introduction of the book really gives readers an understanding of the time period of 1969 and how the world sat around the televisions, experiencing the moon landing together. Reading this made me feel nostalgic, even though I wasn’t even there! This would definitely a good first exposure to an elementa ...more
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I wanted to read this because 1-2 years ago I read Almost Astronauts and it was pretty good and I enjoyed it. I gave this a 4 star rating because I had mixed feelings about this book, it wasn't BAD, but it wasn't GOOD either. It could use a little bit of more facts. I would recommend book to people who like historical nonfiction books.

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Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: libs-642
In this informational book, Thimmesh reveals the masterminds behind America's first official landing on the moon with Apollo 11. Thimmesh uses a multitude of photographs from the event and behind-the-scenes work of thousands of individuals who made the dream of going to the moon a reality. Striving to give credit to all individuals involved, Thimmesh incorporates insight and quotes from numerous people, including camera designers, engineers, technicians, and even the seamstresses who meticulousl ...more
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I began to read this book as a good mentor text for informational writing - which it is. But as I was reading it, completely engaged because of the great writing, I realized there is a second place in the curriculum that it could be used, our opening unit on teamwork. This is an amazing way to show the students about teamwork and that it is critical to be part of a team even if you aren't the one out in front getting all the glory. Over 400,000 people directly worked on this mission, not to ment ...more
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book takes the well known moon landing of Apollo 11 and shows the reader a rare glimpse of the behind the scenes effort of a whole nation to win the space race. It highlights specific important roles in making the mission a success, including flight directors, camera designers, software experts, suit testers, telescope crew, aerospace technicians, photo developers, engineers, navigators, engineers, and even seamstresses. Readers come away with an understanding of how one speech made
Tathagat Varma
Jun 16, 2018 rated it liked it
This is an interesting book. It goes behind the scenes of the actual moon landing into how they built the space suits, or how they ensured the photos from the fist landing are immortalized forever, and so on. I never thought, or realized that almost 400,000 people were involved in the Apollo 11 landing mission! Indeed, worth knowing more about it...

The book is short and sweet. However, I had more expectations from the book in terms of sharing more detailed stories. So while the topics are intere
Morgan Harrison
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Genre: Nonfiction
Awards: Sibert Medal
Audience: 3rd - 6th Grade
A) The topic of this book is space travel in regards to Apollo 11 and everything that goes into that process.
B) This topic was presented in a child-friendly manner by providing a glossary for difficult words, an easy-to-read font, and engaging pictures to supplement the text and break it up.
C) The text features included in this book are: a glossary, an index, captions, quotes, diagrams/graphics, sources, and chapter notes.
D) I would u
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Not only is this a beautiful book featuring awesome photographs, the writing of the book is thrilling. It tells the story from the point of view of little known participants in the Moon project, sharing challenges the team members faced that we were not aware of as we watched Neal Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin taking their initial steps on the Moon. I am in awe of the research that went into the writing of this book, but even more of the language and sentence construction that drew me in to the stor ...more
Meghan Corry and Nicole Zara Corry
Summary: This book explains the different point of views that were involved in the Apollo 11 mission. The reader will be moved through the different encounters from people involved. The author really grasps the readers attention through the beautifully written accounts and photos.
Review: Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon was a great supplemental source used in the Earth and Space science unit. The pictures and writing were enticing, hooking the class from start to finis
Olivia Hoist
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Team Moon by Catherine Thimmesh
Non fiction: Informational, Grades 3-5
This was a very informative book on Apollo 11. I’m not a huge fan of non fiction books, but if I ever wanted to know about Apollo 11, I’d pick up this book. There was a lot of information in the book and real pictures throughout it. If a student was needing information on Apollo 11 for a project or paper, this is a great resource. I would recommend this book for upper level elementary readers.
Keri Rohr
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is an informational book for grades 4-5. I never realized how much work and effort is put in to rockets and launches. It something that I’ve never thought about. There are so many people involved in a big launch such as Apollo 11, but it seems that only a few of those people get credit for it. This book is a good informative book for upper elementary.
Selah Pike
Feb 10, 2017 rated it liked it
While the subject matter is fascinating (I'm still in awe of the fact that we put men on the moon with humans manually calculating and graphing their progress!), this book is rather dry and dull for children. My 11 year old enjoyed it more than my 8 year old.
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Meticulously researched; a fascinating look at Apollo 11 and man's first walk on the moon
Dec 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
a cool book about all those who put everything together for the missions. I wish it was longer.
Logan Swain
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Heather Montgomery
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! An engrossing look at all the many people and disciplines it took to reach the moon. A fabulous STEM title that uses an enthusiastic voice to capture the energy an excitement of this great feat.
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thought it was a very thought out and well organized book. It told a lot about the Apollo 11 mission that we haven't seen before.
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book. I highly recommend!
Apr 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rll-529
Thimmesh, Catherine, Schwedt, Rachel, DeLong, Janice, Baxter, Kathleen, & Kochel, Marcia. (2008). Team Moon. Libraries Unltd Inc.
Teammoon shines the spotlight not only on the three famous men who completed the Appollo 11 mission successfully, but all the thousands of others who were involved. IT is a gorgeous book well organized and beautifully delivered in clear understandable language, and well chosen photographs. The authority of the book is made clear in many substantial ways. Thimmesh
Dec 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Team Moon Book Review
Team Moon by Catherine Thimmesh is a great informational and descriptive book on the first moon landing. This is a great book for anyone who wants to know more about space, the moon, and the moon landing without getting into too many technical details. Three men went to the moon, but it was the effort of four hundred thousand people that put them there. The book begins with the seemingly impossible dream to put a man on the moon. America and the Soviet Union were both compet
Dec 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sibert-medal
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 fl
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