PIC FIC: The Big Beyond by James Carter

June: Young Reader Pick

The story of space travel began with humans interpreting the stars, Carter suggests. Illustrations show a quick progression of technological advancements, from Galileo peering through a telescope to flying machines and satellite Sputnik 1, which “soared/ toward the heavens,” first carrying animal passengers such as Laika the dog. In Cushley’s sturdy artwork, families surround their televisions as the Saturn V carrying Apollo 11 takes off. Readers themselves are invited to dream about future voyages. A wide-lens survey of space exploration that names imagination and curiosity as precursors to exploration.


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