Top positive review
Strong book, mostly facts vs. story though.
February 23, 2018
I love the movie, and was excited for the picture book. The illustrations in this book are fantastic. Also, the use of vocab in the book is excellent, they use complex words but, always define them in a kid friendly way. This book is a strong hybrid text as it is both a biography, but it also has parts that are almost pure nonfiction with not much story. The other advantage to this book is that it does an excellent job of telling the reader about the time period this took place. Readers learn lots of facts about how NASA came to be, and what life was like for African Americans in the 1950s. This can lead to an excellent discussion regarding how the time period played a role in the lives of the characters. However, I read this aloud to my 3rd graders, and because the book is long (and not always riveting), we read it over a few days. Reading it over a few days was fine, I was just expecting more of a story with non fiction mixed in, this was the opposite. Still glad I bought the book, but, it was different than expected. I can imagine lots of ways I can use this as a mentor text when modeling strategies for reading a hybrid text like this one.