|Go for liftoff! : how to train like an astronaut (Dr. Dave Astronaut)|
Author: Williams, Dave
Find out what it takes to become an astronaut-from someone who knows, a medical doctor and astronaut who has flown on two NASA missions.
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Kirkus Reviews (03/01/17)
School Library Journal (04/01/17)
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Booklist - 04/01/2017 From the Dr. Dave Astronaut series, which began with To Burp or Not to Burp: A Guide to Your Body in Space (2016), this volume uses the same approach to discuss how people become astronauts and what training they receive in order to do their jobs well. Williams, a Canadian doctor and former NASA astronaut, has great credibility as he explains how the system works. Kids may be surprised to learn that while a solid education is a necessity, so is “expeditionary behavior,” which arises from personal qualities and practices such as kindness, humility, accountability, sharing, helping others, and admitting mistakes. The writing style is clear and colloquial, while the many interesting and practical details give the book authority as well. Simulators, underwater training, and wilderness survival are among the topics introduced in the double-page presentations, which include cartoonlike digital illustrations and color photos as well as text boxes presenting aspects of the subject. An upbeat, colorful introduction to astronaut training. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 04/01/2017 Gr 2–5—Williams, a Canadian neurosurgeon and part of the 1998 and 2007 space shuttle missions, explains what it takes to be an astronaut—it isn't all about learning to fly. Williams emphasizes the importance of STEM subjects as well as survival training and teamwork. But it's not just what one studies that matters. An astronaut must be curious, confident, passionate about physical fitness, and committed. Williams guides readers through the training process: first aid, robotics, space walking, astronomy, and engineering are just a few of the topics he covers. A head shot of Williams in his space suit is found on almost every spread as he shares personal notes and additional factoids. Photographs of astronauts training and in space, along with comical cartoon drawings laid out on a blue background, give this title a fun scrapbook feel. VERDICT We have liftoff! This pleasing look at what qualities it takes to be an astronaut will be useful for lessons on space, careers, goal setting, and the value of determination.—Sandra Welzenbach, Villarreal Elementary School, San Antonio - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.