Alexandra Siy's Footprints on the Moon provides kids with an excellent introduction to the Space Race of earlier days and presents an informed overview for everyone from advanced kindergartners (with help from an adult) to elementary school students. Adults will enjoy a peek at this book as well; it will no doubt bring back memories of your own Apollo-watching days and probably inform you of a few details you either never knew or had forgotten.
The straightforward text takes a broad approach, beginning with a quick look at the phases of the moon and touching on Stonehenge, Galileo's telescopes, the Wright Brothers and early rockets.
Most of the book concentrates on space exploration, starting with Sputnik I in 1957 through the Apollo missions. In just a few paragraphs Siy outlines the race between the United States and the Soviet Union, explaining President Kennedy's pledge to send a man to the moon before the 1960s ended.
Despite the fact that Footprints on the Moon combines a big subject with fairly brief text, Siy does a good job of conveying the drama of several of the space missions, such as the first glimpse of the far side of the moon during the Apollo 8 mission, and, of course, the supreme triumph of Armstrong and Aldrin's first moon walk.
Adding to the excitement are superb photos throughout, all with edifying captions. Did you know, for instance, that Armstrong's space suit was 15 layers thick and had 500 parts? It took him two hours just to put it on.
Siy continues the story with successive Apollo missions. She mentions the unmanned probe Lunar Prospecter and includes nifty drawings of what the future might look like. The book concludes with a handy timeline of moon exploration and suggested Web sites and books for further investigation.
Footprints on the Moon will lead young readers to seek out more information on these grand adventures in space. Copyright 2001 BookPage Reviews
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2001 Fall
Color photographs from the Apollo lunar missions are the primary draw of this brief overview. The adequate text delivers a merely anecdotal history of the early space program, which culminated in the Apollo 11 mission, and also briefly addresses the possibility of future visits to the moon--for scientific reasons, industrial purposes, and even tourism. A time line is included. Bib. Copyright 2001 Horn Book Guide Reviews
Kirkus Reviews 2001 January #1
paper: 1-57091-409-5In this glossy photo essay, the author briefly recounts the study and exploration of the moon, beginning with Stonehenge and concluding with the 1998-99 unmanned probe, Lunar Prospector. Most of the dramatic photographs come from NASAand will introduce a new generation of space enthusiasts to the past missions of Project Mercury, Gemini, and most especially the moon missions, Apollo 1-17. There are plenty of photographs of various astronauts in space capsules, space suits, and walking on the moon. Sometimes photographs are superimposed one on another, making it difficult to read. For example, one photograph shows the command module Columbia as photographed from the lunar module and an insert shows the 15-layer space suit and gear Neil Armstrong would wear for moonwalking. That's a lot to process on one page. Still, the awesome images of footprints on the moon, raising the American flag, and earthrise from the moon, cannot help but raise shivers. The author concludes with a timeline of exploration, Web sites, recommended books, and picture credits. For NASA memorabilia collectors, end papers show the Apollo space badges for missions 11-17. Useful for replacing aging space titles. (Nonfiction. 8-11) Copyright Kirkus 2001 Kirkus/BPI Communications All right reserved.
Publishers Weekly Reviews 2001 February #2
Footprints on the Moon by Alexandra Siy uses crisp, clear photographs and archival drawings to trace man's early fascination with the celestial sphere (including Stonehenge and Galileo), through to Buzz Aldrin's titular first steps and speculation about other destinations, such as Mars. ( Feb.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal Reviews 2001 February
Gr 3-6-This outstanding look at our venture to the Moon combines a generous array of full-color photos with lively, if concise, descriptions of the Apollo Program, its predecessors, and the early history of rocketry. A look at the Moon's face in different phases gives way to portraits of Galileo and Robert Goddard's homemade-looking rocket, followed by shots of astronauts posing in and out of their massive spacesuits. Artists' conceptions of futuristic lunar colonies, a composite look at the other planets on our upcoming itinerary, and, finally, a parting view of a dusty, desolate moonscape round out the presentation. Siy binds the illustrations together with summary accounts of several of those long-ago Apollo missions, adding salient details and humorous comments made by the astronauts. Readers with an interest in these dramatic events will welcome the lists of books and Web sites at the end. A wildly exaggerated claim for the magnifying power of Galileo's telescope aside, this title ably captures both the magnitude of the technological achievement, and, even more strongly than Mary Ann Fraser's One Giant Leap (Holt, 1995), that heady feeling of going where none had gone before.-John Peters, New York Public Library Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.