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The Sea of Tranquillityby Mark Haddon and Christian Birmingham
Synopses & Reviews
Years ago a little boy in London dreamed of rocketing to the moon, landing on crumbly rock, and walking across the Sea of Tranquility.
He borrowed library books and read about astronauts walking in space, orbiting the earth, and flying around the moon. Every night the little boy hoped and hoped that one day astronauts would land on the moon.
And then, one cloudless night, they did...
On July 16, 1969, the Apollo 11 mission was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida (now Cape Kennedy). Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buz" Aldrin Jr., and Michael Collins were the American astronauts chosen for the first moon landing. On July 20, 1969, Armstrong and Aldrin stepped out of the lunar module and onto the dusty surface of the Sea of Tranquility. History was made.
"Haddon's text lyrically transports readers to that dramatic moment in 1969 when...people saw men roving the moon's landscape....Nostalgia, sweet and convincing, shines through the restraint of both text and illustrations." Publishers Weekly
"Birmingham paints in a realistic style and often from an intimately close point of view, softening edges and giving the light a bluish cast that mutes the colors appealingly....Haddon captures the profound thrill of being witness to the moon landing better than any other picture book..." School Library Journal
Mesmerizing prose and dreamy illustrations combine to pay homage to a breathtaking moment in history — the first lunar landing. This remarkable picture book is sure to inspire dreamers, both young and old. Full color.
He borrowed library books and read about astronauts walking in space, orbiting the earth, and flying around the moon. Every night the little boy hoped and hoped that one day astronauts would land on the moon. And then, one cloudless night, they did. . . . “Haddon captures the profound thrill of being witness to the moon landing better than any other picture book.”--School Library Journal
About the Author
Mark Haddon began his writing career in 1983 after studying English at Oxford University and Edinburgh University. He has written and illustrated numerous picture books and novels for children. Mr. Haddon lives in Oxford, England.
Christian Birmingham is an exceptional artist who earned a degree in illustration from Exeter College of Art and Design in 1991. His first picture book, The Magical Bicycle (HarperCollins, 1995), was shortlisted for Britain's Kurt Maschler Award. Mr. Birmingham lives in London, England.
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