Mae among the stars

by Ahmed, Roda, 1981-

Format: Print Book [2018]
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Summary

An Amazon Best Book of the Month

A beautiful picture book for sharing, inspired by the life of the first African American woman to travel in space, Mae Jemison.

A great classroom and bedtime read-aloud, Mae Among the Stars is the perfect book for young readers who have big dreams and even bigger hearts!

When Little Mae was a child, she dreamed of dancing in space. She imagined herself surrounded by billions of stars, floating, gliding, and discovering.

She wanted to be an astronaut.

Her mom told her, "If you believe it, and work hard for it, anything is possible."

Little Mae's curiosity, intelligence, and determination, matched with her parents' encouraging words, paved the way for her incredible success at NASA as the first African American woman to travel in space.

This book will inspire other young girls to reach for the stars, to aspire for the impossible, and to persist with childlike imagination.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Aqueous watercolor backgrounds and sweet, round-faced figures illustrate this empowering account of the childhood of Mae Jemison, the first black woman in space. As a child, Mae dreams big, telling anyone who'll listen (and even some who won't) that she wants to be an astronaut. Her white teacher and classmates are cruelly dismissive, but her parents are always encouraging, telling her, If you believe it and work hard for it, anything is possible. That exhortation becomes a mantra, and after years of hard work, Mae makes good on her aspirations and waves to her parents from her spaceship. Ahmed focuses primarily on Mae's childhood dreams of space, skipping over the hard work she did to finally achieve her goal, but a closing note fills in some details about Jemison's groundbreaking career. Burrington's cute, playful paintings match the dreamy focus of the story, particularly her star-splattered nighttime scenes. Though kids looking for a meatier account of Jemison's work might be disappointed, the inspirational tone will strike the right note for those just learning about the astronaut.--Hunter, Sarah Copyright 2018 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Ahmed's first children's book presents a vague fictional portrait of a young Mae Jemison, whose parents support her dream of becoming an astronaut; their advice ("If you can dream it, if you believe it and work hard for it, anything is possible") becomes the book's refrain. Ahmed hints at the sexist attitudes Jemison was up against: Mae's classmates laugh when she reveals that she wants to be an astronaut, and her skeptical teacher tells her, "Nursing would be a good profession for someone like you." Newcomer Burrington's spare illustrations combine watery splashes of color with collaged elements; her characters' rounded heads and minimal facial features give them an emoji-like appearance but don't do much to bring emotion to the story. An afterword provides some details about Jemison's career and various firsts she accomplished, including becoming the first African-American woman in space, but this is less a picture book biography than a generic ode to persistence and dreaming big, loosely tied to Jemison's life. Ages 4-8. Author's agent: Margaret Riley King, William Morris Endeavor. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Jemison, Mae, -- 1956- -- Juvenile fiction.
Jemison, Mae, -- 1956- -- Fiction.
African American girls -- Juvenile fiction.
Astronauts -- Juvenile fiction.
Parent and child -- Juvenile fiction.
African Americans -- Fiction.
Astronauts -- Fiction.
Parent and child -- Fiction.
Publisher New York, NY :[2018]
Edition First edition.
Contributors Burrington, Stasia, illustrator.
Audience 4-8.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
ISBN 9780062651730
0062651730
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