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Reaching for the Moon

Reaching for the Moon

With vibrant, historically accurate paintings by Wendell Minor, this extraordinary picture book--the first by one of the Apollo 11 astronauts--documents the journey Aldrin made from childhood that eventually led him to achieve his dream and walk on the moon.

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ISBN 9780060554477
Barcode 9780060554477
Published 15 August 2008 by HarperCollins Publishers
Format Paperback, illustrated edition
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Author(s) By Aldrin, Buzz
Illustrated by Minor, Wendell
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ISBN-13 9780060554477
ISBN-10 0060554479
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint HarperCollins
Publication Date 15 August 2008
International Publication Date 20 May 2008
Publication Country United States United States
Format Paperback, illustrated edition
Edition illustrated edition
Author(s) By Aldrin, Buzz
Illustrated by Minor, Wendell
Category Reference
General Picture Books
Reference Works
Number of Pages 40
Dimensions Width: 216mm
Height: 279mm
Spine: 2mm
Weight 204g
Interest Age 6-9 years
Reading Age 6-9 years
Library of Congress Project Apollo (U.S.), Space flight to the moon, Astronauts - United States, Aldrin, Buzz, Aldrin, Buzz
NBS Text Picture Books
ONIX Text Children/juvenile;Primary & secondary/elementary & high school
Dewey Code 629.450092
Catalogue Code 34280

Description of this Book

Buzz Aldrin retraces the incredible journey that led him to the Moon It didn't begin when I stepped on board Apollo 11 on July 16, 1969. It began the day I was born - Edwin Eugene Aldrin Jr., whom everyone called Buzz. Becoming an astronaut took more than education, discipline, and physical strength. It took years of determination and believing that any goal is possible - from riding a bike alone across the George Washington Bridge at age ten to making a footprint on the Moon. I always knew the Moon was within my reach - and that I was ready to be part of the team that would achieve the first landing. But it was still hard to believe when I took my first step onto the Moon's surface. We all have our own dreams - this is the story of how mine came true. Ages 6+

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Entertaining and informative. Excellent, realistic paintings. -- School Library Journal (starred review)

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Author's Bio

On July 20, 1969, Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong made their historic Apollo 11 moon walk and became the first two humans to set foot on another world. This unprecedented heroic endeavor was witnessed by the largest worldwide television audience in history. Upon returning from the moon, Dr. Aldrin embarked on an international goodwill tour and was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, among more than fifty distinguished awards and medals from numerous countries. Since retiring from NASA, the Air Force, and his position as commander of the test pilot school at Edwards Air Force Base, Dr. Aldrin has remained at the forefront of efforts to ensure a continued leading role for America in manned space exploration and has advanced his lifelong commitment to humans venturing outward in space. Recently he founded a rocket design company, Starcraft Boosters, Inc., and the ShareSpace Foundation, a nonprofit organization devoted to pursuing space tourism. In addition to writing books that describe his unique perspective on America's space program, Dr. Aldrin also lectures and travels throughout the world to discuss his and others' ideas for exploring the universe. For more information about the Apollo 11 moon landing please visit www.nasa.gov or The Johnson Space Center at www.jsc.nasa.gov and for more information about the illustrations in this book please visit www.minorart.com. Wendell Minor has illustrated numerous award-winning picture books, including Reaching for the Moon by Buzz Aldrin, Galapagos George by Jean Craighead George, and If You Were a Panda Bear by his wife, Florence Minor. Mr. Minor's art has been exhibited at the Norman Rockwell Museum, among other prestigious institutions throughout the country. He lives in rural Connecticut with Florence and their two cats.

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