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One Giant Leap: The Story of Neil Armstrong

One Giant Leap: The Story of Neil Armstrong

This lyrical introduction to the first person to walk on the surface of the moon traces the life of Neil Armstrong back through his childhood, his years as a airplane pilot, and his historical moon landing in the Apollo 11 moon mission on July 20, 1969. Full-color illustrations.

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ISBN 9780618152391
Published 1 September 2001 by Houghton Mifflin
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, illustrated edition
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Author(s) By Brown, Don
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ISBN-13 9780618152391
ISBN-10 0618152393
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Houghton Mifflin
Imprint Houghton Mifflin
Publication Date 1 September 2001
International Publication Date 24 September 2001
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, illustrated edition
Edition illustrated edition
Author(s) By Brown, Don
Category Social Studies
Technology & Applied Sciences
Biography & Autobiography
Number of Pages 32
Dimensions Width: 166mm
Height: 255mm
Spine: 3mm
Weight 154g
Interest Age 4-8 years
Reading Age 4-8 years
Library of Congress Astronauts, Astronauts - United States, Armstrong, Neil
NBS Text Biography: General
ONIX Text General/trade;Primary & secondary/elementary & high school
Dewey Code 629.450092
Catalogue Code 563054

Description of this Book

As a young boy, Neil Armstrong had a recurring dream in which he held his breath and floated high in the sky. He spent his free time reading stacks of flying magazines, building model airplanes, and staring through a homemade telescope. As a teenager, Neil worked odd jobs to pay for flying lessons at a nearby airport. He earned his student pilot's license on his sixteenth birthday. But who was to know that this shy boy, who also loved books and music, would become the first person to set foot on the moon, on July 20, 1969.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review From Brown, a pithy look at one of the national heroes of the space age. Recurring vivid dreams of floating high above his neighborhood sparked Neil Armstrong's fascination with flight and led ultimately to a life spent among the clouds and stars. The first half of this brief biography showcases Armstrong's childhood, his hobbies, part-time jobs, and determination to earn a pilot's license. The second part highlights his historic flight to the moon and the thrill of being the first human to set foot on its surface. Brown's text is simple enough for very young children to enjoy, while the accompanying illustrations skillfully use perspective to capture the world through a child's eyes. The story has been told many times, but perhaps never with so much heart and spirit. Kirkus Reviews

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Author's Bio

Don Brown is the award-winning author and illustrator of many picture book biographies. He has been widely praised for his resonant storytelling and his delicate watercolor paintings that evoke the excitement, humor, pain, and joy of lives lived with passion. School Library Journal has called him a current pacesetter who has put the finishing touches on the standards for storyographies. He lives in New York with his family.

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