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‘One of a very few moon-related books I’ve seen this past few months that has chosen to put the spotlight on women’ Red Reading Hub on The Spacesuit

Jill at Red Reading Hub has posted a magnificent review for The Spacesuit by Alison Donald with illustrations by Ariel Landy:

Over the last week many of us have been enthralled to watch the first moon landing in 1969 relived on our televisions screens for its 50th anniversary; but how many of us thought about what went into the designing and making of the protective spacesuits worn by the three Apollo astronauts, and in particular, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin when they walked on the moon.

Alison Donald’s straightforward, accessible narrative focuses on Ellie Foraker’s skills and her determination to win the NASA competition, making it one of a very few moon-related books I’ve seen this past few months that has chosen to put the spotlight on women and their role in helping to send men to the moon.

Ariel Landy’s digitally worked illustrations too capture the resolve of Ellie and her team throughout the task, showing the tension when things get tough as well as the times when the mood was upbeat.

Along with the facts included in the story itself, the inside covers have short snippets of space travel information and there’s a glossary and a space time line extending from 1957 and the launch of the 1st Russian satellite, through to the 1969 moon walk.

All in all an inspiring picture book for young readers.’

Thanks, Jill!

Read the full review here and buy a copy here  

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Accessible and interesting book which puts women in the spotlight for a change: Randomly Reading reviews The Spacesuit!

US book review site Randomly Reading has published a cracking review just in time for the 50th anniversary of the moon landing on the 20th July for The Spacesuit by Alison Donald with illustrations by Ariel Landy:

 

‘The Spacesuit offers young readers an accessible, friendly, and interesting look at one of the things that happens behind the headlines of a historical event, and also manages to put a woman in the spotlight for a change. The simple text and cartoon-like illustrations are clear and straightforward. All the steps that were taken to create the winning spacesuit are nicely detailed from idea to finished suit.

The Spacesuit is a great book with lots of interesting facts to be found scattered within the story, as well as the front and back endpapers. There is also a timeline of space travel from its beginning right up to the moon walk, and a glossary of terms used at the end of the book.

The Spacesuit is an inspiring book for young readers which adds to the body of literature about the Apollo 11 moon walk as well as adding to the history of women.

Order your copy in the US from Lerner Books here and elsewhere from Hive Stores here

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‘One of the few Apollo 11–related picture books to feature women’ ALA’s Booklist Online reviews The Spacesuit!

Prestigious American Library Association review site Booklist Online has posted a wonderful review for The Spacesuit by Alison Donald with illustrations by Ariel Landy ahead of the 50th anniversary of the first moon walk on the 20th July:

‘The writing is as straightforward as the colorful, digital illustrations. … a good, simple story that many children will enjoy, and one of the few Apollo 11–related picture books to feature women.’

Read the full review here and buy a copy in the US from Lerner Books here and elsewhere in the world from Hive Stores here

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Countdown to the Moon Landing – Library Girl and Book Boy reviews The Spacesuit!

Ahead of the 50th anniversary of the first moon walk this week, Library Girl and Book Boy just posted a great review for The Spacesuit by Alison Donald with illustrations by Ariel Landy:

‘Ever since I heard about this book, I had been desperate to read it. It’s based on the true story of seamstress, Eleanor Foraker, who worked sewing bras and nappies for Playtex before being approached to precision stitch a spacesuit which could go to the moon! Take a peek into a little-known part of the space race story.

Told in picture book format with brilliant full page illustrations, we follow Ellie from childhood sewer, to creator of spacesuits. It takes the reader through the design process and the decision to make it of many soft layers and joint it like an onion to ensure flexibility, through the trial of needing special sewing machines to get through the 21 layers of material used and through the nail-biting judging process. It truly was a feat of engineering and teamwork.

Take note – there’s a handy QR code at the back which can be scanned for further information.’

Thank you!   Read the full review here and buy a copy for just £6.95 here

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‘An outstanding contribution’ Amazing *STAR* review from Kirkus Reviews for The Spacesuit!

We are absolutely thrilled that our new picture book to mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landing The Spacesuit by Alison Donald with illustrations by Ariel Landy has earned an exceptional star review from Kirkus Reviews!

Who would have guessed from standard-issue histories of the space race that the spacesuits worn on the moon were largely the work of women employed by the manufacturer of Playtex bras and lines of baby wear?

Here, in a profile that laudably focuses on her subject’s unusual skills, dedicated work ethic, and uncommon attention to detail rather than her gender or family life, Donald takes Eleanor “Ellie” Foraker from childhood fascination with needle and thread to work at ILC Dover, then on to the team that created the safe, flexible A7L spacesuit—beating out firms of military designers and engineers to win a NASA competition.  

An outstanding contribution to the recent spate of reminders that women too helped send men to the moon.’  

Read the full review and place your order here

The book is publishing on the 18th of June in the US distributed by Lerner Books and in the rest of the world on the 28th of June.

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New picture book by Alison Donald The Spacesuit to celebrate the moon landing 50th anniversary this year!

We are excited to announce that we will be publishing a new picture book by Alison Donald (fab author of AdoraBULL and The New LiBEARian) to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the moon landing this year! Inspired by real people and events, The Spacesuit follows Ellie, a young seamstress, who was part of a group of women who helped create the first spacesuit to withstand space.

Here’s a delightful sneaky peek at the cover and some of the spreads by the talented illustrator Ariel Landy:

 

ISBN 9781848864283  £7.99  36 pages

Watch this space for more information about this book!

 

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