The Book That Made Me: David Almond 20/03/19
Dogs in Space
The Amazing True Story of Belka and Strelka
Publisher: Wren & Rook
This fascinating picture book tells the true story of two dogs, Belka and Strelka, who became famous cosmonauts.
From the moment Oleg, a scientist from Moscow’s Space Centre, found the two strays, he knew they were special. The little dogs were clever, calm, brave and obedient: the ideal temperament for going into space.
After undergoing many years of tests and training, on 19 August 1960, the canine friends embarked on their epic adventure, blasting off into space and into the history books.
Accompanied by a number of other living things, including mice, rats, insects and plants, they orbited the earth many times before returning home safely, to the relief of all involved. Their pioneering flight paved the way for human space travel and the little dogs became famous all over the world.
Appealing full-page illustrations and informative text bring this exciting true story to life for a young audience. With factual information and an interesting space exploration timeline at the back, this astronomical tale would appeal to any child interested in space, science or animals.