Moon’s First Friends: One Giant Leap for Friendship

Moon's First Friends: One Giant Leap for Friendship
written by Susanna Leonard Hill
illustrated by Elisa Paganelli
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky June 4, 2019
ISBN-10: 1492656801
ISBN-13: 978-1492656807

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Hill imagines the Apollo 11 moon landing from the perspective of the moon itself. In Paganelli’s friendly illustrations, the moon is an anthropomorphic, bright-eyed blue sphere with rosy cheeks who communicates with the changing world throughout history. Despite how she tries to make friends, from saber-toothed tigers to early air balloonists, all of Earth’s denizens remain planet-bound. Not even an early airplane can reach her, and “a chimpanzee in a Mercury capsule… returned to Earth without reaching her.” At last, the moon meets the astronauts of Apollo 11: “The astronauts walked across her surface with great bounding steps that made her dust bloom.” Hill concludes this light moon-landing story with back matter, including photographs, a timeline of the Earth’s eras, and details about the Apollo 11 mission. Ages 4–8.(June)

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