Cover image for Earthrise : apollo 8 and the photo that changed the world
Earthrise : apollo 8 and the photo that changed the world
Earthrise : apollo 8 and the photo that changed the world
Publisher Info:
Berkeley, CA : Owlkids Books, Inc., 2018.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
The story of the first time the planet Earth was photographed in colour from space. The photo, later called Earthrise, was taken in 1968 by the astronauts on Apollo 8, the first US space mission to break free of Earth's orbit and circle the Moon. The Apollo 8 astronauts were surveying the lunar surface for places to land future missions. As they were charting the Moon, they happened to look up just as Earth, in a flash of color and life, was rising above the darkness of space and the dead rock of the Moon. The sight had a profound effect on the astronauts-and the photo ...
Added Author:


Call Number
Material Type
J 525.0222 GLAD New or Popluar Book Juv Nonfiction

On Order



1968 was a year of unrest: many nations were at war. People marched for peace, fairness, and freedom. At the same time, the Apollo 8 crew was about to go farther into space than anyone had gone before--to the moon.

As they surveyed the moon's surface, astronauts aboard Apollo 8 looked up just when Earth was rising out of the darkness of space. They saw the whole planet--no countries, no borders. The photograph they took, Earthrise , had a profound effect when published widely back on Earth, galvanizing the environmental movement, changing the way people saw our single, fragile home planet, and sparking hope during a year of unrest.

This important and timely picture book is publishing to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 mission, telling the story behind the photograph, both inside the spaceship and back on Earth. Text includes dialogue pulled from NASA's Apollo 8 transcript, drawing readers into the iconic moment Earth was photographed from space. An author's note at the end explains more about the photograph, the Apollo 8 mission, and how Earthrise went on to inspire Earth Day.

Reviews 3

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-1968 was a year replete with political upheaval in the United States, yet something fascinating halted people's minds, reminding them that Earth was home to us all. Through the eyes of a young girl, Gladstone depicts the Apollo 8 launch. This informational picture book for primary schoolers focuses first on people as they gather to listen to the radio or watch TV to witness the liftoff. Then, astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders, amazed with the view of the Earth and the moon, take the iconic picture, "Earthrise." The rhythmic narrative steadily builds suspense and captures the astronauts' awe, and the artwork nicely complements the text. Lundy's soft palette of earthy tones and muted pinks and yellows captures the historical time period with a pleasing retro vibe. An ending note emphasizes to readers the importance of the titular photo asking, "What message does Earthrise send to you?" VERDICT A fine snapshot of a milestone event in U.S. and world history for robust nonfiction picture book collections.-Kathia Ibacache, Simi Valley Public Library, CA © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

"Earthrise," the famed photograph taken by Bill Anders during the Apollo 8 mission, is the subject of this quietly resonant picture book. A brown-skinned child with wide, red-rimmed glasses and puffy pigtails peers out her window onto protestors demanding the end to the Vietnam War. It's 1968-a year rife with civic and political discord. Illustrating in an evocative retro style, Lundy alternates between views of the Apollo 8 lift-off and journey, mission control, and Earth, where families-including the girl's-intently watch the footage from the spacecraft's TV camera. Lundy captures the powerful moment when Anders photographs Earth rising with a full, wordless spread that depicts the view from the spacecraft. Gladstone expresses the collective experience of awe and wonder in response to the image while showing its more intimate impact on a single child. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Booklist Review

Although the Apollo 11 moon landing generally garners more attention, other missions (particularly Apollo 8, chronicled here) also boast noteworthy accomplishments. Astronauts Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders piloted this flight, the first to completely leave Earth's gravity. They orbited the moon, took photographs to help NASA select a landing site for Apollo 11, and returned safely to Earth. While in lunar orbit, Bill Anders noticed Earth rising above the moon and snapped the now iconic photo known as Earthrise. Gladstone's spare text offers just enough detail to intrigue young audiences, and Lundy's retro-style artwork in blues, black, and cream is both pleasing and apt. Situating 1968 as a time of protest and unrest, she depicts a brown-skinned family following the events on their rabbit-eared TV, a crowd outside a storefront broadcasting the news, and a girl taping a keepsake photo to her wall. Other scenes portray mission control, inside the spacecraft, and views from space, with an entire spread dedicated to titular photo, for which an appended note offers more details. A star-bright account of space exploration.--Kay Weisman Copyright 2018 Booklist