on May 14, 2001
Large type, easy-on-the-eye page layout with effective use of graphics and color, and lots of clear photographs make this book very child-friendly. Information about the history of the space program and biographies about many astronauts (including women and minorities) are presented in an interesting style. Children will want to know how astronauts eat and go to the bathroom on a space flight and that information is included. Also included are basics such as the first person in space and where the word astronaut comes from (2 Greek words meaning "star sailor"). This book might inspire very young children to consider a career as an astronaut or working in some capacity in the space program.