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Daring Dozen: The Twelve Who Walked on the Moon

Author: Suzanne Slade
Lower Age: 5
Upper Age: 9
Year Added: 2019

Daring Dozen: The Twelve Who Walked on the Moon is a large-format picture book for children ages 5 and up, covering the space journeys of twelve astronauts who walked on the Moon and elaborately describing their experience in space. One finds out by reading the book that, even though landing on the Moon was the astronauts’ goal, that did not bring their mission to an end. In fact, landing on the surface of the Moon was only the first step in their task list. They had to collect samples, and then safely bring them back to Earth for examination. They had a huge responsibility on their shoulders.


The story of the Apollo astronauts is incredibly engaging and gives readers the chance to learn a little more about the science and engineering roles that each of the astronauts had to take on. It also presents information about spacecraft and how their design and structure plays a major role in the space trip. It even emphasizes the importance of team work- behind sending a man to the Moon, an entire team of engineers, mathematicians, programmers and ground staff is necessary. They do the major work and train the astronauts to be able to succeed in their mission. Hence, this book promotes spatial reasoning, problem solving, critical thinking and team effort skills all together, while being extremely informative.


Engineering thinking and design practices the gift encourages children to do or learn about:

Learn about the problem


Engineering text or context explicitly provided by the gift: 

A problem to be solved by developing a new or improved object, tool, or process


Additional practices and skills needed by engineers that were addressed by the gift:

Evidence-based reasoning


Overall ratings:

  • Engineering & STEM Experts Reviews

    • Rating: 4.5 out of 5.0

    • Feedback:

      • "This is a great gift as it is very informative and gets one curious about space and astronauts."