I wrote a couple of months ago (gosh doesn’t time fly!) and shared some of our favourite space-themed books. This year is the anniversary of the moon landing and of course this generates a whoel new catalogue of fabulous books designed to engage and enthuse children.
I must admit, the planets and space is an area that we haven’t really focussed on as yet, but it is one that I plan to start on more in the autumn and have a curriculum idea for that which I am looking at at the moment.
One of the newer books to mark the moon landings is Blast off the Moon. This is a fantastic book packed full of information. It has a really logical approach to depicting the moon landings, from fact file introductions to the three men who were chosen for the Apollo 11 mission. It’s really interesting to read through these, especially as it goes on to talk about the training they undertook, complete with photos.
I enjoyed reading about the lead up to the launch, I can’t imagine how they and the support teams felt in the days and moments leading up to the blast off of Apollo 11.
Daniel has been leafing through this book and has enjoyed the ‘life on board’ sections and found the food interesting! It’s these sorts of things that the children hadn’t really thought about …. taking for granted that they would eat ‘normal’ food.
My personal favourite bit is the seciton about Michael Collins and what he was doing whilst Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong were on the moon – it’s a story that is often overlooked a little but I am glad to see he has a section in this book.
Blast off to the Moon is packed full of information and done so in a really accessible way. You can also be assured of the content as it’s been produced in assocaition with The British Interplanetary Socity.