Book Review: Man on the Moon
Reviewed by: Veronica Ann Zabala-Aliberto
Title: Man on The Moon
Author: Anastasia Suen
Illustrator: Benrei Haung
Reading Level: 4-8
Publisher: Puffin (original publisher Penguin)
Date: 2002 reprint (original 1997)
Retail price: $6.99
“Does the Moon remember its first visitors?” So begins Man on the Moon, a children’s book by Anastasia Suen. This book teaches younger generations that in 1969, astronauts Collins, Aldrin, and Armstrong accomplished what others said could not be done. This story depicts these brave astronauts and their exciting voyage to the Moon.
With vivid illustrations by Benrei Huang, the book shows how the astronauts traveled to the Moon, and how people in the control room in Houston helped the astronauts on the Eagle land in Tranquility Base while people on Earth watched in anticipation on their TVs.
The book answers such questions as: what the Moon looked like to these three men when they saw it from their Apollo 11 window; how they found a place to land; what was said when the first man walked on the Moon; and how long they stayed.
Skillfully illustrated by Benrei Haung, this story makes one feel that they are sailing around the Moon. Reading this story is a great way for a child to learn what one can accomplish through hard work and a belief that anything is possible.
© 2006 Veronica Ann Zabala-Aliberto