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One Giant Leap
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One Giant Leap - Ages 4 through 8

Recurring vivid dreams of floating high above his neighborhood sparked Neil Armstrong's fascination with flight and led ultimately to a life spent among the clouds and stars. The first half of this brief biography showcases Armstrong's childhood, his hobbies, part-time jobs, and determination to earn a pilot's license. The second part highlights his historic flight to the moon and the thrill of being the first human to set foot on its surface. Brown's text is simple enough for very young children to enjoy, while the accompanying illustrations skillfully use perspective to capture the world through a child's eyes.
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Neil Armstrong - Young Flyer
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Neil Armstrong: Young Flyer - Ages 4 through 8

The "Childhood of Famous Americans" series of biographies, longtime favorites of young readers, now adds the first new titles in over 20 years. Rich or poor, great American men and women lived out childhoods as vastly different as the adults they became. Here young readers will learn about the early years of the first person to step foot on the moon, a historic feat he described as "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."
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Amazing Space Shuttle
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The Amazing Pop-Up Pull-Out Space Shuttle - Ages 9 through 12

How does the space shuttle fly? How do astronauts live and work on board? The creator of our hugely successful Amazing Pull-Out Pop-Up Body in a Book has a new paper-engineered surprise. Open out these pages and discover the world of the space shuttle, in an amazing 3-D paper-sculpted poster more than 4 feet long! Bursting with entertaining illustrations and packed with space facts that explain how the space shuttle flies and what life is like for the astronauts on a mission. Children can remove the flight deck to examine the spacecraft's inner workings. Includes extraordinary NASA photos.
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Flying To The Moon
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Flying To The Moon: An Astronauts Story - Ages 9 through 12
by Michael Collins, Apollo 11 CM Pilot

In this entrancing account, space traveler Michael Collins recalls his early days as an Air Force test pilot, his training at NASA, and his unparalleled experiences in orbit, including the Apollo 11 mission, the first manned lunar landing. The final chapter to this autobiography, revised and updated for this edition, is an exciting and convincing argument in favor of mankind's continued exploration of our universe.
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Apollo 11: First Moon Landing
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Apollo 11: First Moon Landing - Ages 9 through 12

Cole succeeds in giving an adequate and sometimes excellent recounting of the major events and their significance in lively and readable prose. The narrative is given life by well-told stories and faithful portrayals of the people involved. Young readers will find this book engaging and inspiring.
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Neil Armstrong: A Space Biography
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Neil Armstrong: A Space Biography - Ages 9 through 12

Another in the 'Countdown to Space' series, this biography of Neil Armstrong covers the life of the United State's first man on the moon. This is a valuable addition to the materials that help the children of today understand the history of the US space program, and the astronauts that personified it. Written in a style that reads almost like a story, this is a good choice for a 4th grader assigned to read a biography. It could also be a good choice for the upper elementary or middle school student who struggles with reading. The book is augmented by a chronology of important years in Armstrong's life, a glossary, identification of footnote sources, and an index.
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