cover image Moon’s First Friends: One Giant Leap for Friendship

Moon’s First Friends: One Giant Leap for Friendship

Susanna Leonard Hill, illus. by Elisa Paganelli. Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-4926-5680-7

Hill imagines the Apollo 11 moon landing from the perspective of the moon itself. In Paganelli’s friendly illustrations, the moon is an anthropomorphic, bright-eyed blue sphere with rosy cheeks who communicates with the changing world throughout history. Despite how she tries to make friends, from saber-toothed tigers to early air balloonists, all of Earth’s denizens remain planet-bound. Not even an early airplane can reach her, and “a chimpanzee in a Mercury capsule... returned to Earth without reaching her.” At last, the moon meets the astronauts of Apollo 11: “The astronauts walked across her surface with great bounding steps that made her dust bloom.” Hill concludes this light moon-landing story with back matter, including photographs, a timeline of the Earth’s eras, and details about the Apollo 11 mission. Ages 4–8.[em] (June) [/em]