Children’s Library: ‘Look to the Stars’

July 12, 2011, Epoch Times

A real-life hero inspires the next generation to ‘dare to dream’

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America’s space program has been a frequent topic in news reports of late, with the recent launch of its final shuttle mission raising many questions about the future of space exploration. Such pivotal moments in history provide learning opportunities for children to look back at the past that has brought us here, and look forward to the possibilities that await us in the future.

Look to the Stars” does just that.

Written by legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin in 2009 upon the 40th anniversary of his historic Apollo 11 mission, this children’s book chronicles the groundbreaking efforts of scientists, inventors, and explorers, from the scientific theories established by Copernicus, Kepler, and Newton, to the technological accomplishments of the Wright Brothers and Wernher von Braun, to the famous moonwalk of Aldrin and Neil Armstrong, and finally ending with today’s Mars rovers, the International Space Station, and beyond.

The paintings of Wendell Minor illustrate its 40 pages with impressive detail and beauty and include many labeled depictions of major accomplishments in science and technology, including the Wright Brothers’ first flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, a diagram of the Apollo spacecraft, and a timeline that details events from the time of Copernicus to the year 2010, when the Space Shuttle orbiters were scheduled to retire.

Aldrin brings a very personal touch to this history of space exploration, naming his pilot father as a source of inspiration “to look to the stars,” while describing his gratitude to those who came before him. He attributes his triumphant moon landing in 1969 to those influential figures in his life.

This inspirational tale is both an educational chronicle of space exploration and a story about the will to succeed. It portrays the dreams of those who dared to make history happen.

Aldrin concludes with a note of encouragement to his young readers: “I … hope you will learn from history and be inspired, then look to the stars and dare to dream!”

A timely pick for children looking for a fun summer adventure—add “Look to the Stars” to your young explorer’s top shelf.

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