- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Owlkids (Oct. 15 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781771473163
- ISBN-13: 978-1771473163
- ASIN: 1771473169
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.3 x 26 cm
- Shipping Weight: 399 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #567,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Earthrise: Apollo 8 and the Photo That Changed the World Hardcover – Oct 15 2018
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"For any fan of Earth." (Kirkus Reviews - STARRED REVIEW)
"A star-bright account of space exploration." (Booklist)
"A fine snapshot of a milestone event in U.S. and world history for robust nonfiction picture book collections." (School Library Journal)
“Earthrise is a book to read repeatedly. Every portion of this space flight, especially the Earthrise photograph, is presented with excellence by weaving facts into a beautiful narrative and depicting its history vividly in illustrations.” (Librarian's Quest)
“Earthrise is especially important now, in a time where the world feels more divided than ever.” (Inspired by Savannah)
"Readers will enjoy learning about astronauts and outer space by reading this uplifting book." (School Library Connection)
"Earthrise captures an inspiring moment of space travel and should be included in all library and personal collections." (Canadian Review of Materials)
"This book ought to act as a kind of appetizer for readers who want to dig a little deeper into the early days of space travel." (Quill & Quire)
About the Author
JAMES GLADSTONE is an editor and author of books for children. His great fondness for planet Earth inspired him to write Earthrise. James is also the author of When Planet Earth Was New and Turtle Pond. James lives in Toronto, Ontario. CHRISTY LUNDY enjoys exploring the relationship between characters and their environment in her work. She designs locations and creates background paintings for children’s animated shows, as well as doing editorial illustrations for a wide variety of clients. Earthrise is her first children’s book. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
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Author James Gladston launches right into the narrative with the morning of the launch, building tension and excitement the same way the people probably felt themselves on that day. The sentences are short and simply yet lyrical, easy to read aloud with a rhythm that will feel natural to the reader. The first half of the book is devoted to the expectation of the launch and the launch itself, and the length of this section and the words that tell it are *just* right. Once the astronauts are in the air, Gladston touches on the unity of Earth as seen from afar -- "no countries, no borders" -- but only slightly, never crossing the line to becoming didactic or heavy-handed.
His words also capture the bittersweetness of the astronauts themselves in being so far from home but excited to be .a part of such an important mission. These are big, complicated ideas to convey in so few words, but he does it well. There's also just the right amount of playfulness, with a sprinkling of exclamation points but never too many, and all this together builds slowly but steadily toward the astronauts seeing, and then taking a photo of, the gorgeous Earthrise. The urgency of taking the photo quickly is nicely contrasted with the timeliness of the image itself, and the illustrations and text capture the magic of that image.
The illustrations in general, by Christy Lundy, do a wonderful job of alternating between the colorful world of people--cast in warm hues--and the black and white emptiness of space seen from a distance, drawn simply and sparsely. These choices illustrate the stark differences between the vastness of space and the cozy smallness of our lives. The back matter is simple but direct and provides excellent context without going into too much detail. I really couldn't find much to criticize at all in this book. It's utterly delightful, beautiful, sweet, scientific, inspiring, and heart-warming.
If I still had children of picture-book age, this is most definitely a book I would have and that I would read to them as often as I could.
In thirty-two keenly illustrated pages, author James Gladstone and illustrator Christy Lundy manage to not only tell the story of Apollo 8 and the famous, iconic photo called "Earthrise" of the Earth with the gray, lifeless moon in the foreground, but also subtly capturing the mood of America at the time. It's hard to describe how they manage to do this, but the opening paragraph and the style of art here serves as a reminder that this all happened a long time ago.
The book is not just easy to read, but would make for a fun book to read aloud. It is quite amazing how much Gladstone manages to say with so few words.
The key to this book, beside the subject matter, is the art by Lundy. There is just the right amount of picture and subject on each page to share with the young child, without being overwhelming. It has a style that is reminiscent of the 1960's. And it has a high proportion of people of color (when we're not seeing these early astronauts or NASA control center). It is a truly wonderful way to bring readers of all colors into a history that was admittedly pretty white. But the whole purpose of the photo, Earthrise, was, after all, to show that we're all one people.
One aspect of the book, the art, has to do with one two-page spread that shows the Apollo capsule "speeding the crew off to another world." It's a very simple page with mostly a starry background and the Saturn V engine falling away from the capsule. But the stars in the background have faint lines connecting them to show familiar constellations.
It looks like a star-finder or constellation sort of book. But of course there are no visible lines connecting stars out in space and I haven't decided how I feel about this in a children's picture book that is otherwise quite accurate. The picture would admittedly be a little boring without this, but on the other hand, it would also show just how small we are when compared to the cosmos. I'll keep thinking about this, but it will bring my rating of the book down just a little.
Looking for a good book? <em>Earthrise</em> by James Gladstone and Christy Lundy is a really tremendous picture book of an important moment in history and just in time as our space program is poised for more big events as these children grow.
I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.
In 1968, there was a lot of unrest in the world: wars and racial strife and inequality. Apollo 8 also launched to survey the surface of the moon for a possible landing site. The astronauts on board traveled around the moon, and when they saw the Earth rising out of the darkness, they had to take a photo. The photo showed a planet in space without borders or governments. The photo had a profound effect on some.
This picture book perfectly frames the events around this photo. There is some actual dialogue included from the astronauts. I really liked the illustration style as well.
I received a review copy of this ebook from Owlkids Books and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.
I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.