Published by Charlesbridge
Summary: Everyone knows the names Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, the first men to walk on the moon, but maybe not Gene Cernan and Jack Schmitt, the last men to do so. In between were eight more who traveled to the moon between 1969 and 1972. This book has a few pages about each of the Apollo missions, 8 through 17, the astronauts who traveled on them, and what they accomplished on each trip. The back matter includes an afterword by astronaut Alan Bean; a timeline to the moon from 1958-1972; additional information about the space vehicles used; and a page on each mission with photos, facts, and a summary paragraph. 48 pages; grades K-5.
Pros: A fascinating look at the men who were well-known in their time, but tend to be forgotten today. The author reminds readers of the courage it took, and the danger that accompanied all the missions. She ends the timeline with the present, stating that lunar missions are currently being planned, and that kids may some day walk on the moon.
Cons: There’s not much background given on the Apollo missions; page 1 begins with Apollo 11’s lunar module approaching the moon.