Sunday, October 14, 2018

Welcome in Fall with a Good Book: Earthrise - All About Apollo 8 and the Photo That Changed the World (Review)

Disclosure:  I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.


We have been learning all about Outer Space and astronauts the past month and half with school.  This was one topic we touched upon last year, and the girls asked to cover more in depth during this year's schooling.  One thing I wanted to make sure I shared with the girls was about the Apollo 8 mission, as this year marks the 50th anniversary of this mission.  So, when I heard that the folks at Owl Kids were releasing a children's book titled, "EARTHRISE," about the Apollo 8 mission and the photo that changed the world, I had to get my hands on a copy to share with the girls.

"EARTHRISE" arrives on bookshelves this Tuesday and is the perfect book to introduce children of all ages to Apollo 8 and get the interested about space and NASA. When my girls saw the book arrive in the mail the other day, their eyes lit up.  We had just talked about the Apollo 8 mission, and they thought it was cool to have a book to read about it. The book is written by James Gladstone and illustrated by Christy Lundry, and is geared towards children ages 4-8, even though children older will still enjoy.  You will find that throughout the pages that make up this 32-page children's book, there is dialogue shared that is pulled by NASA's Apollo 8 transcript, making readers feel apart of this iconic mission in which a photo was snapped of Earth while in space.  There is also a note at the end of the book that shares more about the EARTHRISE photograph, Apollo 8 mission and how EARTHWISE went on to inspire Earth day.

My girls and I had so much fun reading this book, and being introduced to a new children's publishing group, Owl Kids.  We will definitely be picking up other titles from Owl Kids to enjoy, and will be reading this book time and again, as we celebrate Earth Day each year, and when we are looking for a great space book to read together.  If you have children who are all about NASA or space, or are just looking for a fun way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 mission this year, why not pick up a copy of EARTHRISE when it releases on Tuesday from Owl Kids?

More about this book:

This book is perfectly timed for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 mission, and tells the story both from the astronauts perspectives and through the eyes of those back on Earth. Backmatter also includes NASA's Apollo 8 transcripts and context for how this renowned photograph went on to inspire Earth Day. 

EARTHRISE is especially important now, in a time where the world feels more divided than ever. Similarly, 1968 was also a year of unrest, when many nations were at war and people marched for peace, fairness, and freedom. The Earthrise photo wasn't only a stunning reminder of our small place in the universe, but it had a profound effect in changing the way people from all over the globe saw our single, fragile home planet, and spurred on many environmental movements. 

Disclosure:  I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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