Buzz Aldrin: To the Moon and Back
Author: Buzz Aldrin with Marianne J. Dyson
Paper Engineering by Bruce Foster
Publisher: National Geographic Kids, 2018
This new book from National Geographic is a wonderful twist on learning about the Space Race. Told by Buzz Aldrin, it gives fascinating details about space missions. Fortunately, it is told in a way that is not overly complicated and includes plenty of photos that will help young readers gain understanding. I especially enjoyed the Aldrin family reflections.
What really sets this book apart are the pop-up diagrams. I took an extra picture for this post of one of the lift-up pages. I am sorry my photography skills aren’t stronger, since this photo doesn’t give the real idea of just how magnificent the pop-ups are. They include things like the Saturn V rocket including (on the back) the inner workings of the rocket and Apollo 11’s splash down into the Pacific Ocean.
Much as I am impressed with the paper engineering of this book, I will offer one warning. Little hands are hard on books like this. The wonderfully designed paper space crafts are delicate. This is a book that I would suggest be read with an adult close by, perhaps even helping with the usually simple task of turning a page. The paper structures are too beautiful to be manhandled by (unintentional) rough treatment.
*Note: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.