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Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon — 8 Comments

  1. I loved this book and thought it was amazing! I think there will be lots of kids who will enjoy it! I like that is was written in free-verse. So many of my kids gravitate toward these types of books. It has many interesting facts and I know my “space-loving” students will be captivated by it! 5/5 stars.

  2. I did not know a lot about the history of the Apollo missions (at least the lesser known ones), and given the way the first mission ended, I nervously read to find out the fate of each of the following missions leading up to the famous, successful Apollo 11. I liked how this book read more like a picture book than a traditional, nonfiction book, telling the story of the missions with the fact pages following each mission. The illustrations were stunning and complemented the narrative perfectly! I’ll never forget watching the Challenger disaster as a kid and the heartbreak that followed for our nation. I wasn’t nearly as familiar with these missions, but this book caught me up. I’d highly recommend for pleasure or classroom use. 5 stars!

  3. This book was awesome. It definitely piqued my interest about space travel and the Apollo project. I learned a lot that I didn’t know and I found it fun to read. The illustrations were beautiful. I also liked the emphasis on teamwork. I would get this book for my classroom. It could be used as an introduction to a lesson on space. It could also be used as part of a science or math lesson to show how classroom lessons can connect to real life. 5 stars.

  4. Countdown 2979 Days to the Moon was a very quick read. I was able to read it in one sitting. I liked that the author kept it simple, so I feel 3,4,5th graders would stay focused and want to keep reading this book. I don’t know much about NASA and the space program but it is very fascinating. I have also learned that there is a PBS documentary airing about NASA and the Mission to the Moon. By reading this book, it has peaked my curiosity, so I might just want to sit down and watch the PBS documentary.
    I would recommend this book to all teachers and would definitely purchase this book to have in my library.

  5. After briefly peeking inside this book, I knew this was one that I was going to want to read cover to cover in one sitting, and I was right! I started reading and couldn’t put it down until I had reached the end. Although this was a quick read, I learned so much about the Apollo Project. I loved how concise the author was with their word choice so as to keep the text at young reader’s level but still kept it so informative. The artwork too was absolutely stunning, especially the facial expressions and attention to key details like the astronaut’s gloved hand held tensely as they were deciding whether to abort the mission or not.

    Like The Hyena Scientist, I appreciated how this book too had a story component but also had opportunities to learn more about the people. This is another great text to practice non-fiction reading skills with while also following a narrative.

    I was reminded a lot of Moonshot by Brian Floca when reading this book, so much so that I think I would pair these two texts together when using them with students, or putting them on display. It’s such perfect time with the 50th anniversary of the moon landing happening this summer.

    Overall rating: 5/5 stars

  6. Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon turned out to be a quicker read than I anticipated. Space exploration isn’t a big interest area of mine so I was surprised to be intrigued with the coverage of the Apollo Missions. The quotes that were included added perspective and a sense of history to the text. I was struck by how brave and persistent people had to be to make landing on the moon a reality. This book would make a nice addition to a school library and I would recommend it for reading for pleasure. 4 stars.

  7. Out of this world is how I would describe the illustrations in this book about Project Apollo and the race to land on the moon. While I wasn’t a fan of how the book was written, (free verse poetry) I did find it interesting and inspiring. Making a dream a reality is something students (and adults) need to remember does actually happen. Through trial and error and a never give up attitude, dreams can come true. This book will be another on my shelf for the students to peruse. 4 stars