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Balloon to the Moon

Written by Gill Arbuthnott

Illustrated by Chris Nielsen

Key Stage 2 Fascinating Facts People / Places Space Science / Technology True Stories

LoveReading View on Balloon to the Moon

The Story of the Human Journey into Space

This year sees the 50th anniversary of the moon landings, so interest in space exploration will be particularly high. Handsomely illustrated with Chris Nielsen’s bold retro images, and packed with information, Balloon to the Moon will answer all the questions any potential astronauts might pose. It covers the entire spectrum, from mankind’s first attempts to get off the ground via balloons in the 1700s to the space race as it developed in the 50s, 60s and 70s, with revealing descriptions of the personalities involved as well as the technology. It all makes for a fascinating story, and one that will appeal to readers of all kinds. Concluding with a page on space careers and the future of humankind’s exploration of our universe this is a book to inform and inspire.

Andrea Reece

Balloon to the Moon Synopsis

Long before anyone had designed a rocket, the Montgolfier brothers were making hot air balloons. In October 1783, they became the first people to experience controlled flight. Balloon to the Moon starts there and leads to Neil Armstrong's 'small step' and beyond.

But why stop there?

Celebrate 50 years of the Moon landing in 2019! Learn about the great innovations of the past, then get ready for BLAST OFF into an unknown but exciting future. Structured around the famous NASA countdown to launch, Balloon to the Moon is a beautifully illustrated book about the human journey to space where each chapter describes a key stage of flight – the technologies, innovations and stories – and how they led to the Moon landings of 1969. The book’s design and Chris Nielson’s atmospheric illustrations wonderfully reflect the vintage feel of the 1960s.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781787413542
Publication date: 27th June 2019
Author: Gill Arbuthnott
Illustrator: Chris Nielsen
Publisher: Templar Publishing
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 80 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2
Topics: Fascinating Facts, People / Places, Space, Science / Technology, True Stories

About Gill Arbuthnott

Gill Arbuthnott lives in Edinburgh and has been a published author since 2003. She writes fiction and non-fiction and reckons that being a children's author is probably the best job in the world. Her recent books Dark Spell, Beneath and What Makes You You? have been shortlisted for major UK book awards. A former science teacher, she loves mixing scientific fact with wonderful anecdotes of people and places. GILL ARBUTHNOTT Q&A: What is the maddest thing you have ever done?Nothing very mad… I went once to buy a black kitten and came back with a deaf, one-eyed ...

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