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The Extraordinary Life of Neil Armstrong

Written by Martin Howard

Illustrated by Freda Chiu

Part of the Extraordinary Lives Series

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The Extraordinary Life of Neil Armstrong Review

Featured Books for 7+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers People / Places Science Space True Stories

A self-confessed ‘white socks, pocket protector, nerdy engineer’ Neil Armstrong became the most famous man on the planet when he walked on the moon in 1969. This concise but information-packed biography provides the background to his life, from his birth in Ohio in 1930 through his experiences as a pilot in the Korean war, to those era-defining small steps on the moon. It also describes in just the right detail the political and technological developments that made the Apollo 11 trip possible. The text is clear and accessible, supported by frequent illustrations, diagrams and ‘Did you know?’ information boxes and it provides both a timeline and index. This is one of a number of books in carefully-thought out new series.

For further reading on this theme visit our special feature - 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing.

Andrea Reece

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There is a Teacher Resource Pack to download here, which serves as an introduction to the Extraordinary Lives series – Puffin’s new non-fiction collection, which is perfect for KS2 and lower KS3 classrooms. You’ll get material for four or more Literacy, Citizenship and PSHE lessons, adaptable for pupils in KS2 and KS3. Once pupils understand the different features of biography writing  they’ll be able to create the biography of an extraordinary person of their choice using the template in the pack.

The Extraordinary Life of Neil Armstrong Synopsis

One little boy who loved the idea of flying became the first person to set foot on the moon. On 20 July 1969 Neil Armstrong made history, his 'giant leap for mankind'. From his childhood playing with model planes to becoming one of the most famous astronauts of all time, discover the incredible story of Neil Armstrong's life in this beautifully illustrated book, complete with narrative biography, facts and timelines.

Publishing to mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landing in July 2019, The Extraordinary Life of Neil Armstrong is part of a super new non-fiction series, aimed at 7+ readers.

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I really liked this book because its about space even it telles you infomtion about it like on July 20 1996

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ISBN: 9780241375426
Publication date: 06/06/2019
Publisher: Puffin an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780241375426
Publication date: 6th June 2019
Author: Martin Howard
Illustrator: Freda Chiu
Publisher: Puffin an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 128 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: People / Places, Science, Space, True Stories
Collections: Home Schooling - Useful Links, Resources & Books, 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing,

About Martin Howard

Martin Howard is the author of many humour titles for both adults and children, examples include the hugely successful Bad Dog’s Diary series and The Wickedest Witch, the first book in the Witches At War! series.

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