Friday, August 19, 2016

Star Berth (1982) Part 2

A continuation of pages from this book celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Soviet space program.

Star Berth (1982) Kharkov: Soviet Union. 112 p.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Star Berth (1982) Part 1

This is a little out of my scope for children's books but I enjoy the interesting illustrations. It seems to be commemorating the25th anniversary of the soviet space program (which began Oct 4, 1957).  It looks like poetry and illustrations inspired by the history of space exploration in Russia.

Star Berth (1982) Kharkov: Soviet Union. 112 p.

I have reproduced only some of the text but I am sure you will enjoy the "heroic" illustrations.

Since this is a busier week for me, I will give you more illustrations next week in Part 2.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Clouds, Rings, and Crocodiles:By spaceship round the planets (1955)

A lightweight summer post today.

This is the British edition of a book I already blogged about here in 2010:

The author H. Percy Wilkins was the Director of the British Astronomical Association, Lunar section and a Fellow of the B.I.S.

Wilkins, H. Percy. Illustrated by Jauss, Anne Marie (U.S. Ed.). Clouds, Rings and Crocodiles: By Spaceship Round the Planets. Boston: Little Brown and Co. (148 p.) 22 cm. Cloth, DJ / London : Harrap. (127 p.) 20 cm. 1955 UK/1956 U.S.

Showing the backside of the Moon

The British edition was published first so this gives me a chance to show illustrations that were different from the American edition, since they were done by the author. As you can see the American edition was also longer than the British.(The "tan" are from the American edition.)

Friday, July 29, 2016

Igorek on the Moon (1962)

Igorek on the Moon (Don't know exact translated title) by Peacekeeper Boris. 16 pgs? A 1962 softcover Russian space fantasy book.

Using Google translate I can roughly follow the story:
"Inventor Igorek A serious business is busy,
And next gray cat Fluffy Purrs on the couch
And he looks curiously, Slightly narrowed eyes:
What fascinated the boy,
Why do we need him to board, Glue, scissors and paint? ..
Let Igoryok a few years - He likes to work hard!
And to find out, what's the secret,Turn the page."

 "To father fit Igorek. And he asks:- Dad!
You could A little play with me?
After all, you are the day off!
My tank is ready! On him double
We all split the Nazis! -
Dad replied:- Well done!
Great car! I held this your father
From the Volga to Berlin.
This is not rainy day I went lesson
The resulting once, Good to know,
that my son Worthy son of a soldier!
But better, than playing war
We, the first in the world,
With your car to the moon
Go to the rocket!"

"There, on the moon, where there are no roads,
Your tank my dear Igor,
For the purpose of a peaceful approach -Scientists useful How is the best off-roader
For lunar missions!
Igor was delighted,
In the room he jumped:
- Come on,
Go At the launch site!
But what about the day
Moon find?
- We arrange everything in the world -
The father said his son. -
Here, at the dinner table;
Now it Spread! - No, Daddy!
This is not the moon,
This can not be it! think dad, as I would
Arrange the mountains on the Moon?
- What can we do?
It can be seen, human son!
But how to help your child?
And dad all that he could,
I hide under the oilcloth -
Notebook, inkwell, dictionary, Points desk calendar,
Then he looked at the buffet,
Two cups pulled into the light,
A plate and salt shaker
- And I hid under the oilcloth.
He found his mother's hat
And I put it on the table,
And the hat "transformed" in a moment
The spiky mountain peak.

- Hooray! -exclaimed Igorek
- Now Moon OK!

 Here Igorek leads Forward
Powerful tractor-terrain vehicle.
And suddenly…
Some kind of beast
Knocks hairy paw on the door!

 What is looking for Igor on the moon?
Soviet pennant looking!
Pave thousands of roads
He solidified lava -
But this pennant
Igorek To Moscow from the moon deliver!
Is he -
in the heart of the lunar mountains!
Motor Stubbornly buzzing ...
But the door opened into the corridor,
And there was a ...Mama!
She looked ...
On the face of fear ...
Avoska fell out of the hands!
Products lie on the floor,
Compote banks pouring ...
- Friends-tankers!
A corner Whoa you do not have to ..? -
But Igorek shouts
- Hooray! -
And runs to his mother:
- We have a great game,
Do you play with us?
Rather make ready for us.
Space food.
We -on the moon!
We have an hour
Soviet pennant looking!
Well -Join our squad?
- And my mother smiled ...
Again in the realm of stone bulks
Motor hums stubbornly.
Ready to operate all-terrain vehicle
All day, all night until tomorrow,
Five days, week, month, year -
It is now conduct a campaign
Three brave astronaut.
They pave the trail

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

This is Cape Canaveral (1963) (part 2)

Happy Moon day everyone!.Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on July 20, 1969, at 20:18 UTC (47 years ago today).

 I will continue my sharing of this beautiful book about the space race and one of the places it took place:This is Cape Canaveral (1963) 

 Since this was 1963 all the author could do was hope that the story would continue to unfold.

 In 2009 the Sasek publisher created a reprint of this classic book. To make it feel as if the story was completed they included the following appendix about the landing on the Moon: