The Little Spacecraft That Could

By Joyce Lapin (Author), Simona Ceccarelli (Illustrator)


Pub Date 5/18/2021

ISBN 9781454937555

Format Hardcover Picture Book



The Little Spacecraft That Could

by Joyce Lapin, Simona Ceccarelli
Ride along with the New Horizons spacecraft as she rockets three billion miles to Pluto! Watch her take the first close-up photos of Pluto, and then journey another billion miles to mini-world Arrokoth. You’ll whiz through space at more than 10 miles per second; learn how giant planet Jupiter helped the little spacecraft reach Pluto; and discover the astonishing surface feature that made the world fall in love with Pluto.
A 2024 Texas Topaz Nonfiction Reading List Selection (Grades 3-5)

"An epic, energetic flight into the dimmer reaches of our local astronomical neighborhood."—Kirkus (starred review)

“[In] Lapin’s exciting, accessible STEM offering . . . [with] Ceccarelli’s clear, colorful images . . . the twilight space backgrounds and entertainingly animated spacecraft are quite engaging. . . . Playful science for space-loving kids.”—Booklist -

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Joyce Lapin has enjoyed reading and learning about astronomy since childhood. A former advertising copywriter, she's happy to have found a kinder, gentler life writing books. She is the author of Sterling’s If You Had Your Birthday Party on the Moon. She lives in Simsbury, CT.

Title Details

Pages 40 pages, all in color

Trim 8.5 x 10.8 x 0 Inches

Territories World

Category Picture Books | Science & Nature

Age Range 7 and up