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Mission to the Moon: Book and DVD    by Alan Dyer order for
Mission to the Moon
by Alan Dyer
Order:  USA  Can
Simon & Schuster, 2009 (2009)
* * *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Featuring two hundred photos from the NASA archives arranged in over thirty short chapters, this breathtaking book covers the first moon landing. The oversized volume aimed at youngsters age eight and up addresses topics such as myths about the moon, the beginning of the space race, Apollo 11, Mission Control, the lunar rover, and moon rocks.

The visual impact of each section, along with the accompanying photo captions and abbreviated text, will hopefully whet the young reader's appetite for learning more about the topic. At this point, more content laden books can be consulted.

As an extra bonus, this book also comes with a DVD of actual footage from the Moon landing as well as highlights from later Apollo missions. There's also a foldout, double-sided, annotated poster of the Lunar Module and space vehicle's flight path to and from the Moon.

I can't think of a better book to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. The author offers a general overview of the historic mission and moonwalk that gives a middle grader a good idea about the importance of the event and its repercussions.

Most of us remember the television coverage of Neil Armstrong's famous 'one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind' four decades ago on July 20th but our children don't really have a clue about the emotions that accompanied this remarkable moment in history. While sharing the contents of Mission to the Moon be sure to explain to your child where you were and how you felt when you witnessed this once-in-a-lifetime event.

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