Daring Dozen: The Twelve Who Walked on the Moon

by Suzanne Slade (Author) Alan Marks (Illustrator)

Daring Dozen: The Twelve Who Walked on the Moon
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

A gorgeous introduction to the twelve brave men who have left footprints on the moon, just in time to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the first lunar landing.

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong took one small step and made history. Over the course of the next three-and-a-half years, twelve lunar explorers, including Alan Shepard and Gene Cernan, touched down on the moon's surface. Author and engineer Suzanne Slade reveals how the Apollo missions (1969-1972) built upon one another and led to important discoveries about our nearest neighbor in space. Back matter includes an afterword by Alan Bean (1932-2018), the fourth person to walk on the moon.

School Library Journal

K-Gr 4--Concise text and stunning watercolor illustrations present information about the Apollo missions that carried twelve American men to the surface of the moon. From Apollo 11 in 1969 to the Apollo 17 mission ending in 1972, each journey is briefly described focusing on its particular astronauts and goals. The artwork effectively reflects the history of space travel laid out in the text, but also adds grace and wonder to the stories of these men who had a rare and significant experience. Thirteen pages of back matter include a note from Alan Bean, the fourth man to walk on the moon, plus a timeline and detailed information about each of the space vehicles. Every mission has its own extra page of additional information with personnel, photos, specific dates, total time on the moon, and surface EVA time (extravehicular activity). VERDICT The information about U.S. space travel, coupled with vivid illustrations, will appeal to readers interested in astronauts and the moon. The ample facts and data following the illustrated story make the book effective for a wide range of ages.--Elaine Fultz, Madison Jr. Sr. High School, Middletown, OH

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Publishers Weekly

In gentle vignettes, Slade describes each Apollo moon mission in order. "Year after year the moon circles Earth./ All alone," until one day, the Apollo 11 spacecraft appears and "finally it touches the ground." For each mission, Marks's watercolor art captures the majesty of space, with dramatic depictions of the spacecraft being maneuvered and astronauts walking the moon's surface. The Apollo 13 astronauts peer anxiously through the window of their injured ship; the Apollo 17 astronauts collect soil; and on the Apollo 14 mission, Alan Shepard plays a round of golf on the moon's surface. A final illustration shows two children gazing at the "steadfast moon" through a telescope. Substantial back matter, with a timeline and an afterword from astronaut Alan Bean, concludes this reflective and informative portrait of the U.S. moon missions. Ages 5-9. (Mar.)

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Review quotes

Suzanne Slade
Suzanne Slade is the author of over 150 children's books, including Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks, a Sibert Honor book; and Swish! The Slam-Dunking, Alley-Ooping, High-Flying Harlem Globetrotters, a Junior Library Guild book. An engineer by training, she worked on rockets and cars before beginning her writing career.

Edwin Fotheringham is the award-winning illustrator of many picture book biographies, including Eleanor Makes Her Mark, Full of Beans, Blue Grass Boy, What to Do About Alice?, and Those Rebels, John & Tom. He is also the illustrator of the Tony Baloney series by Pam Muñoz Ryan.
Illustrator website edfotheringham.com
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Charlesbridge Publishing
Publication date
March 20, 2019

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