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The Man Who Went to the Far Side of the Moon

The Man Who Went to the Far Side of the Moon

The Story of Apollo 11 Astronaut Michael Collins

By Bea Uusma Schyffert


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Do you know the story of Michael Collins, the Apollo 11 astronaut who went all the way to the moon but never walked on its surface? Instead, he orbited the moon 14 times, surrounded by 701 power switches and 20 pounds of checklists. Reminiscent of a scrapbook, this extraordinary book chronicles what Michael Collins did, saw, and thought about in space. Through fascinating facts, quotes, checklists, original drawings, and photos taken both in space and on Earth, it also tells how the astronauts prepared for their historic journey, what they brought with them, and what they left behind.

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Size: 6-1/2 x 8-1/4 in;
Pages: 80 pp;
color and B/W photographs and line drawings throughout
Guided Reading Level: V

Format: Hardcover
Publication: July 2003
ISBN: 9780811840071
ISBN10: 811840077
Bea Uusma Schyffert is exactly one inch too short to become an astronaut, so she studied illustration instead. She has illustrated more than ten books. This is the first she's both illustrated and written. It received the prestigious Swedish Book Art Award as well as an award at the 2002 International Book Art Competition.


Honors for The Man Who Went to the Far Side of the Moon:
2005 American Institute of Physics (AIP) Science Writing Award for Children
2004 Boston Globe-Horn Book Nonfiction Honor Book
2004 Batchelder Honor Book
2004 ALA Notable Books for Children (Middle Readers)
School Library Journal's "Best Books of 2003"
School Library Journal, Starred Review
2004 CCBC (Cooperative Children's Book Center) Choices selection
AIGA 50 books/50 Covers of 2003, Outstanding Design
Louisiana Young Reader's Choice Award Nomination
Children's Literature Association of Utah Beehive Award Nomination
(Washington) Sasquatch Book Award Nomination