Reaching for the Moon
Publication Date: May 2005
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I walked on the moon. This is my journey. But it didn't begin when I stepped on board Apollo 11 on July 1, 1969. It began the day I was born.
Becoming an astronaut took more than education, discipline, and physical strength. It took years of determination and believing that any goal is possible--from riding a bike alone across the George Washington Bridge at age ten to making a footprint on the Moon.
I always knew the Moon was within my reach--and that I was ready to be on the team that would achieve the first landing. But it was still hard to believe when I took my first step onto the Moon's surface.
We all have our own dreams. This is the story of how mine came true.
Robert Burleigh is the award-winning author of many books for children, including "The Adventures of Mark Twain by Huckleberry Finn", illustrated by Barry Blitt; "Night Flight", illustrated by Wendell Minor; and "Black Whiteness", illustrated by Walter Lyon Krudop. His many other books include "Hoops"; "Stealing Home"; and "Clang! Clang! Beep! Beep!" He lives in Michigan.
Dr. Buzz Aldrin was watched by the largest televi-sion audience in history as he and Neil Armstrong be-came the first humans to walk on the Moon. He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and one of the world's best-known advocates for the exploration of outer space. He lives in Los Angeles.
“Precisely rendered illustrations help this effort really take off . . . a brief chronology rounds out this solid title.”
“Calling all dreamers and wannabe space travellers!”
“A Buzz-worthy book!”
-Time for Kids
“Beautiful and realistic illustrations . . . in first-person voice . . . a child’s-eye view on space exploration.”
“Entertaining and informative. Excellent, realistic paintings.”
-School Library Journal (starred review)