While Flight celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, one person has a quirky way of commemorating the event.
I’m normally skeptical of anything that is advertised “As seen on TV”, and this is reinforcing my view:
Seattle author and photographer Michael Class has used digital composite photography to place his twelve year-old son, Anthony, in the cockpit of the Spirit of St. Louis with Charles Lindbergh, in the laboratory with Thomas Edison, on the baseball diamond with Lou Gehrig, and on the moon with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.
“I wanted to capture the interest of today’s kids,” says Class, “by turning American history into a grand time travel adventure.” His result is Anthony and the Magic Picture Frame, and is recommended for grades 6-12.
“The book’s vivid narrative and captivating photographs transported me through space and time,” says Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin. “I felt that I was once again standing on the surface of the Moon in 1969. Anthony and the Magic Picture Frame tells it like it really was in America’s early space program – the adventure, the risks, and the rewards. I almost believe that Anthony was there! I think that parents and teachers will appreciate the inspiring message this unique history book holds for America’s next generation. I recommend this book to all young Americans, may they take us to the stars and beyond.”
To be fair, I have not read the book. But I have seen these photos from the book.
I’m sure there is merit for very young readers, but not for grades 6-12, the book’s targeted audience. Has anyone seen or read this book? I would be interesting in hearing your thoughts.
And on that note, Happy Apollo 11 launch anniversary! Our celebration continues on Apollo@40.