Reviews for To the Moon

Library Media Connection Reviews 2012 May/June
Each book in this series is well-researched, the vocabulary is more on the high school level, but the topics covered are all quite useful for both middle and high school students. Author Valerie Bodden includes brief biographies of major people involved in each expedition, interspersed with the text. There are also numerous photographs or reproductions of paintings and woodcuts from the time of the expeditions. There is not a lot of detail in each book, but the bibliographies can easily take students to more information for their research. Reproductions of diary pages from certain explorers help students understand what those explorers were thinking and feeling at the time. Bibliography. Glossary. Timeline. Index. David Lininger, MS/HS librarian, Hickory County R-1 Schools, Urbana, Michigan. RECOMMENDED. Copyright 2012 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

School Library Journal Reviews 2011 November

Gr 5-8--Lewis and Clark, Apollo 11, and other journeys are covered in detail, placing the excursions in their appropriate historical context, highlighting individuals involved in the expeditions, and providing firsthand accounts from historical documentation. The images are eye-catching, and the tone is conversational enough to keep readers engaged. The two weakest entries are those that deal with the Western exploration of regions already inhabited by non-Western people: American West and Heart of Africa. Because Bodden focuses narrowly, as is appropriate, on the expeditions, the books give a very Western point of view; thus, the cultures indigenous to the region being explored are minimized. Mount Everest is more successful in providing a culturally aware perspective, as it details both Nepalese Sherpas' traditions and their contributions to European expeditions up the world's highest mountain.

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