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Dogs in Space: The Amazing True Story of Belka and Strelka

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Meet Belka and Strelka, the two dogs who changed the face of space history and became international celebrities in the process! In 1960, two stray dogs were plucked from the streets of Moscow to become space pioneers. This quirky and delightful picture book tells the incredible true story of these heroic strays. Selected from a number of potential canine cosmonauts, Belka and Strelka are put through their paces on the ground, as they practice rocket simulations and wearing spacesuits, before being launched into outer space as the first ever living creatures to successfully orbit the Earth. Miraculously, the dogs survive the mission and upon their return embark on a tour of the USSR, clad in their carefully tailored jumpsuits - one red, one green - becoming international celebrities. As for their legacy, less than a year after their safe return the Soviet space programme felt confident enough to send the first human into space.

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6th June '19
I read it to Soopa aged 4 aged 4
Dogs in Space: The Amazing True Story of Belka and Strelka 9781526360700
5 stars
For some reason when this book arrived my daughter wasn’t particular keen to start reading as she usually is with a new book. However on reading it for the first time last night we both found it fascinating. I particularly liked the soviet-style iconography and she loved seeing the dogs in their space suits. We were really enthralled by the story and particularly liked the timeline of animals (and humans!) in space at the back. It led to us having a conversation about the ethics of sending animals in to space to test things out for us. My four-year-old was outraged about the monkey that died in space. She was also a little bit worried (not really a spoiler) about the part about half way through where the dogs looked like they might not make it. A really interesting and unusual subject for a children’s book and led to us both learning a lot about the history of space adventure. Would give it more than five stars if I could!
30th May '19
I read it to Squirt aged 5 aged 5
Dogs in Space: The Amazing True Story of Belka and Strelka 9781526360700
5 stars
This book was great! My daughter loves anything to do with space and learnt a lot about the space race from this book (so did I!) Belka and Strelka are taken from the streets to become the first dogs to go in to and return safely from space. The book tells their story in an easy to read way, explaining what happened to the dogs and how they became cosmonauts. We enjoyed all the extra info about the space race in the back of the book, with real photos of the dogs from the story and other space explorers. 
31st May '19
I read it myself (an adult) & to Key stage 2 (y3 to y6) aged 6 to 10
Dogs in Space: The Amazing True Story of Belka and Strelka 9781526360700
5 stars
This book is brilliant! I found it fascinating to find out how these 2 dogs were selected and thrust into space!  I can't wait to share this with key stage 2 in an assembly!  Easy to read and understand with  informative  timelines of animals and people who ventured into space. Every school needs this book! Teaching history and science in a fun, interesting and enjoyable way! 
1st June '19
I read it to aiwilford aged 7 aged 7 & to mrwilford aged 5 aged 5
Dogs in Space: The Amazing True Story of Belka and Strelka 9781526360700
5 stars
This is such a great book! My kids absolutely loved it and asked for me to read it to them again and again. It's about two dogs being picked to go into space and what they and to go through to train and while they were up there. There is so much history and facts incorporated into the story. It's a refreshing view on the Space Race that absolutely grabbed my kids imagination. Superb book!!!
3rd June '19
I read it to FreddyBoggis aged 7 aged 7
Dogs in Space: The Amazing True Story of Belka and Strelka 9781526360700
5 stars
This is a really great book, with so many facts too. It's the story of how to dogs got picked off the streets and ended up going into space. You learn how they trained for the mission and what happend too. My little boy really enjoyed this story.
23rd May '19
I read it to Ibby aged 6 aged 6 & to Massi aged 2 aged 2
Dogs in Space: The Amazing True Story of Belka and Strelka 9781526360700
5 stars
When I first saw this book I thought it was a made up story about two dogs going into space. But to my surprise, I discovered that it is based on a real story of the  two dogs who changed the face of space history and became international celebrities in the process!
It basically follows the story of how the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 5 into space with two very special dogs - Belka and Streak. They were the first animals to enter space and return to Earth safely.
 My children adore dogs so they loved this book. Also the pictures are fab too, which makes this a book a pleasure to read. So, if your children adore space and dogs then I am sure they will adore this picture book. 
3rd June '19
I read it to RC13 aged 6 aged 6
Dogs in Space: The Amazing True Story of Belka and Strelka 9781526360700
5 stars
This is a great book for anyone interested in space. It looks at a less famous aspect of the topic. My daughter loved the story, and was especially interested in the fact section at the back.
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