|The Race for Space: The United States And the Soviet Union Compete for the New Frontier
Contributor(s): Kuhn, Betsy
ISBN: 0822559846 ISBN-13: 9780822559849
Publisher: Twenty First Century Books
Binding Type: Library
Published: June 2006
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Annotation: Describes the race between the Soviet Union and the United States to get an astronaut to the moon.
|Library of Congress Subjects: |
- Space race; History; Juvenile literature.
- Astronautics; United States; History; Juvenile literature.
- Astronautics; Soviet Union; History; Juvenile literature.
|Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14|
|Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction|
|Physical Information: 9.25" H x 8.00" W x 0.50" (1.00 lbs) 112 pages|
|Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2007 Spring)
Beginning with the launch of the Soviet satellite [cf2]Sputnik[cf1], Kuhn describes the history and mindset leading to the fierce competition between the United States and the Soviet Union to be the first to send astronauts to the moon. The photographs and page layouts are disappointingly workmanlike, but Kuhn's prose is clear and lively. Reading list, timeline, websites. Bib., ind. Copyright 2007 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2007 February)
Gr 5-8-A compelling portrait of the United States's rivalry with the former Soviet Union over space technology from the 1950s to the early 1990s. The emphasis is on the historical aspects of the rivalry and not the astronautic science, and how this "competition" influenced government, the arts, and popular culture. The fast-paced, simple text conveys Americans' excitement at the time as well as their fears of the USSR becoming more advanced than the United States. Facts are interwoven with quotes and anecdotes from everyday people and well-known figures from horror writer Stephen King to Hillary Clinton. Included in the discussion are the racist and sexist attitudes of the time that excluded opportunities for women and people of color in the space program. Black-and-white photographs show both examples of space technology and snapshots of popular culture. There are extensive source notes. Additionally, there is a piece of the original communication between the astronauts of Apollo 11 and scientists at the Manned Space Center in Houston. This is a great read for young space enthusiasts as well as children who enjoy American history.-Michael Santangelo, Brooklyn Public Library, NY Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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