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posted 09-25-2003 11:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can anyone recommend a good children's book on manned spaceflight (particularly the Apollo program)?

I'm looking for something for a nine year old but if there are very good books for other ages I'd be interested too.

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posted 09-25-2003 12:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I can highly recommend the children's books by former Mission Controller and current/fellow National Space Society Board Member Marianne Dyson:

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posted 09-25-2003 03:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DavidH   Click Here to Email DavidH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you want it straight from the horse's mouth, Michael Collins has a children's book.

As does Alan Bean (his is out of print, but you can buy it used). And Al Worden (ditto). In the Shuttle era, I know Ride, Mullane, and Jemison all have youth-focused books.

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posted 09-25-2003 06:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rizz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Michael Collins also has this book out: The Man Who Went To The Far Side Of The Moon and this link, although mostly younger children's books, have a few interesting books for a nine year old.

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posted 09-27-2003 08:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for RMH   Click Here to Email RMH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Astronaut James Irwin also wrote a childrens book titled "Destination: MOON." I'm not sure if it is still available though.

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posted 09-28-2003 09:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for webbrass   Click Here to Email webbrass     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've been looking for books along this line for my 11 year old as well. Thanks to everyone for the links. The issue I've been having with my daughter is that she's very interested in the missions from an adventure point of view but not the technical details. Many of these books are filled with lots of technical details and little of the excitement and they don't tend to hold her interest. She's an avid reader.

Anyone have a short "review" of these books in that regard? The review of Bean's book on Amazon certainly makes me NOT want to buy it.

One of these days I just need to sit down and write a book myself. Let's see, I have spare time in...

Tim

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posted 09-28-2003 10:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Matt T   Click Here to Email Matt T     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I enjoyed Worden's book, not too technical and with a high 'wonder-factor' (if you know what I mean). He was kind enough to sign it for me when he was in the UK and spoke for a few minutes about it's background.

He'd appeared on 'Mr. Roger's Neighbourhood' (a sort of 'Sesame Street' meets 'Blue Peter' I gathered), prior to his flight. He asked for questions from the viewers, and upon his return he answered them with this book. However it is engagingly written, not just a Q&A list. I read it in about an hour and really liked it.

Cheers,
Matt

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posted 09-28-2003 05:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rizz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by webbrass:
Anyone have a short "review" of these books in that regard?
Follow your dreams and be the very best that you can be. It's worth a read.

Rizz

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If you're looking for a great book for kids, may I humbly suggest: Lost on the Moon

Tod Bryant

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