Earthrise: Apollo 8 and the Photo That Changed the World

illus. by Christy Lundy. 32p. Owlkids. Oct. 2018. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781771473163.
PreS-Gr 2—1968 was a year replete with political upheaval in the United States, yet something fascinating halted people's minds, reminding them that Earth was home to us all. Through the eyes of a young girl, Gladstone depicts the Apollo 8 launch. This informational picture book for primary schoolers focuses first on people as they gather to listen to the radio or watch TV to witness the liftoff. Then, astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders, amazed with the view of the Earth and the moon, take the iconic picture, "Earthrise." The rhythmic narrative steadily builds suspense and captures the astronauts' awe, and the artwork nicely complements the text. Lundy's soft palette of earthy tones and muted pinks and yellows captures the historical time period with a pleasing retro vibe. An ending note emphasizes to readers the importance of the titular photo asking, "What message does Earthrise send to you?"
VERDICT A fine snapshot of a milestone event in U.S. and world history for robust nonfiction picture book collections.

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