The Moon’s First Friends: How the Moon Met the Astronauts from Apollo 11

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The moon has watched over the Earth for millennia. She has watched creatures come and go, change and evolve. And the whole time, the moon has asked one simple question: when will they visit me?

The Moon’s First Friends is heartbreakingly adorable, a clever history of both Earth and the space program, all from the unique perspective of the ultimate outside observer. The moon is thoughtful, kind, and curious, and you cannot help but hope for her happiness throughout the book, even though you know how it ends.

The charming personality is married with a colorful artistic style that portrays space as cold, Earth as warm, and the moon as eternally rosy-cheeked and optimistic. We’ve all had lonely moments, and this book covers that vacillation between rising hope and disappointment brilliantly.

The book is supplemented with all sorts of details about the moon landing, the Apollo spacecraft, rocketry, and more, and that’s a nice inclusion. But honestly, the book doesn’t need it. The Moon’s First Friends is wonderful, melancholy, and instantly relatable. I can only hope we get a sequel when we visit the moon again in the future.


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Author Susanna Leonard Hill
Star Count 4.5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 40 pages
Publisher Sourcebooks Wonderland
Publish Date 2019-05-07
ISBN 9781492656807
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Issue September 2019
Category Children's
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