Sunday, July 07, 2013

I Never Went to the Moon

I just read the 1959 edition of You Will Go To The Moon.

It is a beginner's book with a 186-word vocabulary.  It's possible I read it as a child, but I don't remember.  I would have enjoyed it.

An unnamed boy representing "you" takes a trip to the moon without his parents; so I guess it's like summer camp, except he's the only child there.  The authors were aiming for scientific accuracy.  As you can see from the illustration, they use a 3-stage rocket.  They stop off at a space station on the way, just like in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

The Moon looks like a swell place.  I'm glad I did not read this book earlier, or I might have become embittered.

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