MOONSHOTPosted: June 14, 2009
On a recent trip to Chicago I stopped by a non-local mega-bookstore to look for a last minute gift for Harper as is required on any business trip that takes me away from Harper for more than 48 hours. And boy, did I hit pay-dirt with the book I selected for him: MOONSHOT. The book, which we have read at least once a day since I have returned has fueled a newly discovered fascination with all things rockets, spaceships and astronauts. Harper and I now take daily trips to “Baaaaaaath Tuuuuuuub Plaaaaaaaaanet” (said in the same tone of voice as [Pigs in Space](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFvZtROeJrE), if you remember that) and he now likes to countdown, speaking into a closed fist as to simulate a muffled microphone, to spontaneous liftoffs several times a day.
His interest has sparked an interest inside of me as well, which is honestly what is so wonderful about this latest obsession of his. We have been watching the [liftoff sequence from Ron Howard’s Apollo 13](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vid7QBgYb-Q), as well as tons of [old archival footage](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMINSD7MmT4&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fbrianflocablog.blogspot.com%2Fsearch%2Flabel%2FMoonshot&feature=player_embedded) of the original moon landing, and some [more recent HD footage](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5c1T2oKEffQ&fmt=22) taken from a [Japanese satellite](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SELENE) (via [kottke](http://kottke.org/09/06/the-moon-in-hd)). It has been wonderful.
The [book is wonderful](http://brianfloca.com/Moonshot.html) and I recommend it to all parents with children who dream of space and of being an astronaut. The illustrations are the reason I selected the book. They are saturated with detail and give me something new to look at with each subsequent read.
The author has put together [a great web site for the book as well](http://brianfloca.com/Moonshot.html), complete with [coloring activities](http://www.brianfloca.com/Downloads.html), a collection of great video resources for kids and even its very own trailers.