Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Mission to the Moon

Mission to the Moon

Alan Dyer
For ages 8 to 12
Simon and Schuster, 2008   ISBN: 978-1416979357

For hundreds of years men, women, and children gazed up at the moon and wondered what it was. Why did it wax and wane? What was it made out of? How far away was it? They made up stories to explain the strange dark patches that they saw on the moon. It wasn't until 1609 that someone, Galileo, created the first maps of the moon that showed that the moon was covered with rocky plains, mountains, and craters.

Man went to the moon in fiction for many years. In 1865 Jules Verne wrote his enormously popular book From the Earth to the Moon, but humankind had to wait until 1969 before a human really did set foot on the moon. It would be an event that people all over the world would watch, and the success of the first moon landing expedition gave the people of the United States a great deal of pride.

In this marvelous book, the author tells the complete story of how man finally came to walk on the moon in July 20th, 1969. He also explores the history of man's relationship with the moon, and he looks at the moon's place in our solar system, its phases, what it is made of, and what kinds of features it has. Packed with incredible photos, illustrations, and maps, this title will delight readers who have an interest in the moon. The book includes a bonus DVD and poster.