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Author: Wilson-Max, Ken
A little girl acts out her wish to be an astronaut--inspired by a very special person.
Kirkus Reviews (07/01/19)
School Library Journal (09/01/19)
The Hornbook (00/11/19)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 08/01/2019 Astrid, a young child who loves outer space, aspires to become an astronaut. Swinging her around and around, Papa says that she’ll have to circle Earth in her spaceship. “I can do that,” she giggles. Tossing her up and catching her, he wonders, can she get used to zero gravity? Yes! Science experiments? “No problem.” Their conversation continues as Papa drives his daughter to the space center, where they welcome Mama back from her flight. Astrid tells her, “I want to be an astronaut, just like you.” Wilson-Max, who grew up in Zimbabwe and studied design in London, offers a playful, conversational text and bold, vibrant acrylic paintings, which depict Astrid and her parents with brown skin and black hair. The illustrated back matter introduces five notable women astronauts from India, Russia, the U.K., and the U.S. (including Shannon Lucid and Mae Jemison), along with a few facts related to space travel. First published in England, this picture book offers an inclusive, worldwide vision of astronauts for all little children who dream of space travel. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 09/01/2019 PreS-K—Young Astrid is adamant about her ambitions to become an astronaut. During their day together, Dad reminds her of the challenges: "You'll have to go round and round the Earth in your spaceship" as he spins her around the room. "'You'll also have to get used to zero gravity.' Papa threw her up in the air. "I can do that all day long!' Astrid laughed." They practice doing science experiments together by baking cookies. Astrid seems somewhat sure she'll be able to sleep on her own among the stars. The girl's inspiration comes to light when it's time to pick up Mama from work…at the space center where's she's just returned from a mission. Large acrylic paintings in rich jewel tones bring Astrid's world to life. From her telescope and rocket T-shirt, to her Space Hoops cereal, this preschooler is on her way to achieving her dreams. VERDICT This author/illustrator of the "Max" series continues his perfect connection to young listeners and concludes with 10 fast facts on astronaut history.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.