In honor of Sputnik 1, 50 years later (on Oct. 4th), I present to you all a nice little gem of a book I got off of ebay about a year ago: Space Alphabet (1964) by Irene Zacks. Pictures by Peter P. Plasencia.
Hey, checkit. LAIKA! By the way, not only is "Laika" the name of the first dog in space, t is the name of a dog breed from the word Layat, which means to bark.
FYI: Laika was on board the second Sputnik mission: Sputnik 2.