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|Fascinating : the life of Leonard Nimoy|
Author: Michelson, Richard
A moving biography of the late Leonard Nimoy, the iconic Spock from Star Trek, whose story exemplifies the American experience and the power of pursuing your dreams.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 4.90
Points: .5 Quiz: 184297
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 6.40
Points: 3.0 Quiz: 69416
School Library Journal (11/01/16)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/11/16)
The Hornbook (+) (00/01/17)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 11/01/2016 Gr 2–4—Written from the perspective of a young Leonard "Lenny" Nimoy, this title begins in 1939, when the Star Trek actor was in the third grade, and emphasizes the importance of family and theater in Nimoy's early life. Kids will learn how his success did not come overnight: a simple but effective lesson on persistence and perseverance. The book is illustrated in a sepialike tone, lending the volume a historic feeling. The signature blue of Spock's uniform is also prevalent in many of the images. Although this biography would work well as an independent read, it could also be a great option for group read-alouds because of the focus on Nimoy's childhood. VERDICT In the words of Spock, "Live long and prosper." Recommended wherever Trekkies roam.—Robin Sofge, Alexandria Library, VA - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 04/15/2017 The man who would become Star Trek’s famous Vulcan was born to Russian Jewish immigrants whose passports marked them as “alien.” Little Lenny, who grew up in Boston the son of a barber, learned how to “be American” from a local settlement house. It was there that he was thrust upon the stage to sing for a talent show. Those first sounds of applause eventually led to a life in theater, movies, and television, but not before he paid his dues delivering newspapers, selling vacuum cleaners, and driving taxis. Written by Nimoy’s gallerist (Nimoy was also a talented fine-art photographer), this biography includes, yes, fascinating details about the origin of the famous Vulcan salute and an encounter, and advice, from a shared taxi ride with Congressman John F. Kennedy. Rodriguez’s blue-and-sepia-tone palette is perfect for the subject. The intended audience may not be familiar with Spock unless their parents are Trekkers, but the story of a young boy seeking to belong and to pursue his dreams in America should inspire readers to live long and prosper. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.