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Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Thrilling story of the people behind the mission.

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This book is beautifully done in large format, with lots of photos and quotations. And what a terrific idea for a children's book: using the built-in fascination of one of the greatest and most dramatic events of human history to explore the less glamorous but absolutely essential people and jobs that underlie any great achievement. The only problem is that 80 pages is far too few to provide more than a taste of the topic; it could easily have been two or three times as long and still have held young readers' interest.

At times, text superimposed on pictures is difficult to read, and the author's penchant for hyperbolic prose seems unnecessary in the face of such a hyperbolic event. But these are quibbles that won't bother most kids -- they will be too busy being enthralled by the adventure, the drama, and the fascination of the bit players who made the whole thing possible. Thimmesh has taken a grand idea and fleshed it out beautifully. It's not hard to imagine that this kind of book could inspire a child's direction in life.

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