Thursday, May 5, 2022

Dreams of Space is taking a break

 Just a note for those who asked.  I am taking a break from blogging for a few months. I should resume in July but have a "full plate" right now. Be well and keep dreaming of space.






Friday, March 11, 2022

Planet of Remus (1984)

 



Planet of Remus is a 1984 Russian/Estonian  comic book story. It is a little out of my usual scope but it concerns a child who draws a space adventure in comic form.  He was inspired by the date April 12 when the first Russian went into orbit. I really enjoy the style of the illustrations so I wanted to share with you today.

Mario Kivistik. Art by Alfred Saldre. Planet of Remus. Tallinn : Eesti Raamat. 32 p. 1984









Friday, March 4, 2022

Guess! : A Children's Book about Transport (1961)

 



Guess! : A children's book about transport is basically a simple riddle book about how people move around and use technology. It is relatively rare but has a couple of nice illustrations I wanted to share.

V. Poltorakin. Drawing by L. Khudyakov. Guess! A Children's Book. Moscow : Omsk Publishing House. 16 p. 1961 







Friday, February 25, 2022

Pioneer Magazine August (1959)

 



Just a quick post today. In fact it is just the front and back cover of a Russian/Estonian children's Magazine called Pioneer (August 1959). It has a variety of fiction and non-fiction articles for 8-12 year olds. The only reason it is here today is that it has a great cover. This is my new screen saver so I hope you enjoy it too.



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Friday, February 18, 2022

Titmouse October (1962)

 



This is the October 1962 issue of a Soviet children's magazine called Titmouse (ZILITE). It focuses on stories about the August 1962 flight of the first dual crewed spaceflight, Vostok 3 and Vostok 4. It also has some delightful art done by children at the time about spaceflight.








Friday, February 11, 2022

Danny Dunn and the Anti-gravity Paint (1956)

 


Very sorry for the large gap in posts. It has been the biggest gap I have had for years, missing 4 weeks of posts. So on with the children's books!


Danny Dunn and the Anti-gravity Paint was a 1956 fictional book. Part of a 15 book series about Danny Dunn written by by Jay Williams and Raymond Abrashkin.  In 1967 they reprinted "...and the Anti-Gravity Paint." It had a new painted cover making it seem modern to young space-age children. Danny Dunn books were loosely science-based so the problems were solved with scientific ideas. I thought the 1956 space race setting of the book connects it with others of the time like Rocket Ship Galileo.

Jay Williams and Raymond Abrashkin. Illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats. Danny Dunn and the Anti-gravity Paint. New York : McGraw-Hill. 154 p. 1967 reprint








Friday, January 14, 2022

The Pioneer of the Pioneers (1962)



This books celebrates the voyage of Yuri Gagarin and how he inspired the Soviet nation. It has impressions of the flight, history of Gagarin, b&w photographs, and a large number of children's drawings of space flight. I have chosen to highlight these drawings as capturing the excitement children may have felt at the idea of people going into space. 


The Pioneer of the Pioneers. Moscow : Young Guard Press. 80 p. 20 cm. 1962.

















Friday, January 7, 2022

On Space Flights (1956)

 



On Space Flight is a softcover Russian scientific book. It was published by The Young Guard publishing house and was intended for older children interested in rockets and space. The author was a Soviet astronomer who was known for his studies of gas dynamics. The book is mostly text but does have several nice illustrations.


Kirill Petrovich Stanyukovich. On Space Flights. Moscow : Young Guard. 32 p. 20 cm. 1956.