Space explorers

Libby Jackson, 1981-

Book - 2021

Humans have always been fascinated by the universe, but only a few have been daring enough to travel beyond the Earth. From venturing into space for the first time to building the International Space Station in orbit, the history of space exploration is filled with peril, bravery and strokes of genius. In this beautifully illustrated anthology, spaceflight expert, Libby Jackson, reveals the very best true stories of humankind's thrilling journey to the stars. Grab your space suit and jump a...board - it's time for an astronomical adventure.

Saved in:

Children's Room Show me where

j629.45/Jackson
1 / 1 copies available
Location Call Number   Status
Children's Room j629.45/Jackson Checked In
Subjects
Genres
Juvenile works
Informational works
Illustrated works
Published
New York : Hillsboro, OR : Aladdin 2021.
Edition
Beyond Words/Aladdin edition
Language
English
Item Description
"25 extraordinary stories of space exploration and adventure"--Cover.
"Originally published in Great Britain in 2020 by Wren & Rook." -- Title page verso.
Physical Description
192 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Audience
9-12 years.
ISBN
9781582707648
1582707642
Main Author
Libby Jackson, 1981- (author)
Other Authors
Léonard Dupond (illustrator)
  • We have lift-off
  • The first space traveler
  • The human computer
  • A nice day for a short spacewalk
  • A very important packed lunch
  • The spinning spacecraft
  • Going to the moon for Christmas
  • The Eagle's landing
  • The chosen ones
  • Houston, we have a problem
  • When it all goes wrong
  • Secrets, spies, and satellites
  • Sally and Svetlana
  • Astronaut wanted: no experience necessary
  • Crash, bang, wallop!
  • A home in the stars
  • Do you have what it takes?
  • Don't forget the toothbrush
  • The singing starman
  • Swimming in a fishbowl
  • Life in space
  • Raspberries in space
  • Is there anyone out there?
  • Homemade spaceships
  • Going to Mars.
Review by Booklist Reviews

Young readers will be familiar with some of the space explorers—Sally Ride, Neil Armstrong—whose stories are told here, while others will be new or almost new to them—mathematician Katherine Johnson, for example, and cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, the first person to walk in space. Either way, the stories about these daring figures and their experiences are more personal than usually found in books for this age group, and the narratives are often gripping. Chapters cover famous and lesser-known adventurers and focus on the hard work astronauts do while sometimes facing deadly events. Lively details, such as how the computer on board the Eagle was less powerful than a smartphone, make the tales relatable, and Jackson carefully notes the racism and sexism that has been a hallmark of space programs. Dupond's striking illustrations impart a tone of patriotic determination—the U.S.–Soviet space rivalry is often mentioned—with chalky-hued, primary-color images of spacecraft and astronauts resembling Cold War–propaganda posters. A worthy addition to the group-biography shelf or to collections focused on the history of space exploration. Grades 4-8. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 3–7—Jackson, a program manager at the UK Space Agency, captures key moments in space exploration from the launch of Sputnik to plans for the first Mars mission: "These stories are not creations of imagination, no matter how unbelievable they may at first seem." Arranged chronologically, the stories include a variety of famous achievements and individuals. There are also discussions of astronaut selection and details about astronaut meals. A large-scale illustration complements each story. The images capture the tension of the control room during the Apollo 13 mission, the humor of an astronaut chasing floating wasabi peas on the International Space Station, or the faces of all those who have died on missions. With its narrative approach, this volume could easily be used to introduce various topics in the classroom—from satellites to planetary expeditions. VERDICT An enjoyable read for space enthusiasts and a helpful addition to library collections.—Suzanne Costner, Fairview Elem. Sch., Maryville, TN Copyright 2021 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Humans have always been fascinated by the universe, but only a few have been daring enough to travel beyond the Earth. From venturing into space for the first time to building the International Space Station in orbit, the history of space exploration is filled with peril, bravery and strokes of genius. In this beautifully illustrated anthology, spaceflight expert, Libby Jackson, reveals the very best true stories of humankind's thrilling journey to the stars. Grab your space suit and jump aboard - it's time for an astronomical adventure.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

This beautifully illustrated anthology illuminates twenty-five extraordinary stories of space exploration, adventure, and human achievement, from a leading expert in human spaceflight.Launch Yourself into the Great Unknown.The universe has always fascinated humans, but only a few have been daring enough to travel beyond the surface of the Earth. From the first man and woman in space to the moon landings to building the International Space Station in orbit, the history of space exploration is filled with peril, bravery, and strokes of genius.In this beautifully illustrated anthology, spaceflight expert Libby Jackson reveals the best true stories of humankind's thrilling journey to the stars and beyond.