The Sky Is Not the Limit

­Eerdmans. Mar. 2023. 64p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780802856029.
K-Gr 2–This inspiring work of creative nonfiction follows the trajectory of the Voyager 2 probe, launched into deep space by NASA in 1977. The turn of each page propels readers farther along on the majestic journey, from construction at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to launch at Cape Canaveral and onward through the solar system. The spare, poetic text tells the story from the perspective of the spacecraft itself, using a serene first-person narration to convey the profundity of the endeavor. The richly hued digital illustrations are breathtaking. Decalf renders the human figures as stylized silhouettes, deliberately shifting emphasis to the images of nature and technology. The lovingly faithful depiction of Voyager 2 is paired with gorgeous, detailed vistas of Earth, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, and finally a shining, spiral-armed galaxy far beyond our own. At every turn, the book deftly balances the wonders of scientific advancement with the thrill of the human spirit.
VERDICT A visually stunning achievement and an important addition to nonfiction collections, this is an opportunity for young readers to experience a vital chapter in the history of humanity.

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