Cinci Museum Center’s beloved moon rock tells its story in new children’s book, Bok’s Giant Leap

“A piece of this young basalt is completely separated from its mother. His siblings are nearby. Let’s call him Bok.

So begins the story of an intrepid rock and its journey through the stars to an alien planet.

The Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC), in partnership with Carol Armstrong, celebrates the release of Bok’s giant leap. The children’s book, published by Crown Publishing, chronicles how the Earth and the Moon appeared through the eyes of a moon rock brought to Earth during the Apollo 11 mission by astronaut Neil Armstrong.

In 2006, while he was awarded that of NASA Award Ambassador of Exploration at CMC, Armstrong presented Bok to CMC as a long-term loan from NASA. Armstrong was a director emeritus of CMC and former chairman of the board of directors of the Museum of natural history and science. He chose CMC as the recipient of the Human Exploration History Piece because, in his own words, “a place of natural history is a great place for Bok.”

In his speech receiving the Ambassador of Exploration Award, Armstrong shared Bok’s story. This story is told in Bok’s giant leap, brilliantly directed by award-winning illustrator Grahame Baker Smith.

Little Bok was just one stone among the books of moon rock collected during the historic Apollo 11 mission. The extraordinary rock had orbit the Earth for billions of years before Armstrong caught it with his gloved hand and bring it to Earth. In Armstrong’s own words, “I was the strange creature who kidnapped Bok.”

“Millions of people have come to know and love Bok here at the Cincinnati Museum Center and we are thrilled that people around the world are hearing his story,” said Elizabeth Pierce, President and CEO of the Cincinnati Museum Center. “Neil’s charming account of Bok’s life and journey captures the joy he must have felt standing in Bok’s homeland on his own historic journey. Now a new generation can relive his two incredible journeys to through Bok’s giant leap. “

Bok’s giant leap will be available for purchase from CMC’s retail store in November, but you can pre-order the book now directly from Crown Publishing. You can visit Bok in person at the CMCs Neil Armstrong Space Exploration Gallery, presented by the Harold C. Schott Foundation, where he is on long term exhibition.

Troy M. Hoffman