One Giant Leap by Don Brown
The Story of Neil Armstrong

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As a young boy, Neil Armstrong had a recurring dream in which he held his breath and floated high in the sky. He spent his free time reading stacks of flying magazines, building model airplanes, and staring through a homemade telescope. As a teenager, Neil worked odd jobs to pay for flying lessons at a nearby airport. He earned his student pilot’s license on his sixteenth birthday. But who was to know that this shy boy, who also loved books and music, would become the first person to set foot on the moon, on July 20, 1969.
 

About Don Brown

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Don Brown is the award-winning author and illustrator of many picture book biographies. He has been widely praised for his resonant storytelling and his delicate watercolor paintings that evoke the excitement, humor, pain, and joy of lives lived with passion. School Library Journal has called him "a current pacesetter who has put the finishing touches on the standards for storyographies." He lives in New York with his family.
 
Published September 24, 2001 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 32 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Children's Books, History, Political & Social Sciences.

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From Brown (Alice Ramsay's Grand Adventure, 1997, etc.), a pithy look at one of the national heroes of the space age.

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From Brown (Alice Ramsay’s Grand Adventure, 1997, etc.), a pithy look at one of the national heroes of the space age.

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Readers next see him four years later, riding in a plane for the first time, an experience that inspires a ""magical dream"" in which he ""held his breath and hovered above the ground."" Young Neil makes model airplanes, reads Air Travel magazine, peers at the moon through a neighbor's telescope ...

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