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Rocket! How a Toy Launched the Space Age

by Richard Maurer

Published by Crown, 1995
64 pages
ISBN: 0-517-59628-8

Ages 8-12

A concise, generously illustrated history of rockets begins with their invention 1000 years ago in China when they were initially constructed as toys for children before being adapted for warfare. Since they were never very accurate, they were not considered a very useful weapon, however, and it was not until the early 20th century that true rocket science was born as a means to shoot astronauts into space. Much of this history focuses on the life work of Robert Goddard who, as a boy, was inspired to dream by the 19th century science fiction of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells. CCBC categories: HISTORICAL PEOPLE, PLACES AND EVENTS.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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