Reaching for the Moon

By Buzz Aldrin; Wendell Minor (Illustrator); Buzz Aldrin (Illustrator)
HarperCollins Publishers, Hardcover, 9780060554453, 40pp.

Publication Date: May 2005

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Description

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.




About the Author
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.

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.



Praise For Reaching for the Moon

“Precisely rendered illustrations help this effort really take off . . . a brief chronology rounds out this solid title.”
-ALA Booklist

“Calling all dreamers and wannabe space travellers!”
-Child Magazine

“A Buzz-worthy book!”
-Time for Kids

“Beautiful and realistic illustrations . . . in first-person voice . . . a child’s-eye view on space exploration.”
-Kirkus Reviews

“Entertaining and informative. Excellent, realistic paintings.”
-School Library Journal (starred review)

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