For children who heard the name "Neil Armstrong" perhaps for the first time recently and are curious to learn more about the late pioneer astronaut, his life and achievements and particularly his walk on the moon in 1969, the Abington Community Library has put together a small collection of books available on display in the Children's Room. They are for various age levels. Look for:
"Who Is Neil Armstrong?" by Roberta Edwards. Who was a boy who loved to make his own model planes? A teenager who got his pilot's license before his driver's license? The very first person to set foot on the moon? Find out about the real Neil Armstrong, from his childhood to his college days, his career as a Navy pilot, his acceptance into the second group of astronauts, and his historic flight as commander of Apollo 11. The book includes spotlights on other historic aeronautical achievements. Age 8 – 10.
"Neil Armstrong," by Sharon Zemlicka. Here are some of the facts about the astronaut that are reported in this "History Maker Bio." The book also describes Armstrong's quiet life back in Ohio during his later years, when he tried to put fame and glory behind him. Age 6 – 8.
His first paying job was cutting grass in a graveyard when he was just seven years old.
He almost lost his life when his fighter jet was damaged in the Korean War.
On his first trip into space, his spacecraft, Gemini 8, began spinning out of control --- nearly killing him and his copilot.
"Eight Days Gone," by Linda McReynolds. "Hundreds gather. Hot July. Spaceship ready --- set to fly." Three brave astronauts -- Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins – blasted into orbit on an eight-day journey that would include the world's first lunar landing. Young readers age 3 – 5 are the target audience for this picture book in verse about the historic mission.
"Look to the Stars," by Buzz Aldrin. Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin was the second man to walk on the moon. In this book, which includes paintings by renowned illustrator Wendell Minor, young readers will find a history of space exploration and man's early attempts at flight as well as a description of the Project Apollo missions and the landing on the moon, which Aldrin calls "the most spectacular scientific accomplishment of the twentieth century." Age 8 – 10.
"Astronaut Handbook," by Meghan McCarthy. Do you have what it takes to be an astronaut? Blast off to astronaut school and find out, as you learn how it feels to be weightless, taste astronaut food, and get measured for your very own spacesuit. Age 4 - 8.
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