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Countdown 2979 Days to the Moon

Author: Suzanne Slade
Lower Age: 10+
Year Added: 2019

    Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon is an extremely informative book intended for children aged 8 and above. It talks about the hard work and effort from the people involved in designing a rocket to make that famed Giant Leap possible, emphasizing the importance of teamwork and perseverance (One of the main messages of this book is to never give up). It teaches a child not just to recognize and analyze any issues with their work, but also to improve their work until those problems are solved. Reading about each space mission and the hardships associated with it, one realizes that nothing is unachievable. That doesn’t mean it’ll be easy, though; the stories of the lives lost in each mission ensure that lesson isn’t missed. Thus, this book talks about the realities of life and teaches one to be strong and focused.

    This book talks about how it’s best to learn about a problem, devise a solution, test it, make improvements, and test it again until it is perfect (Or as perfect as it needs to be. We are engineers, after all.). Building a rocket and designing it highlights aspects of engineering design and the ability to create a system that successfully completes the mission teaches engineering thinking skills. Even for adults, this book can be a quite enjoyable read as it gives a lot of information about each space journey. Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon gives a lot of information about not just the space missions and the 2979 day journey to turn the dream of a Moon landing into a reality, but also the engineering and ideas that went into it.