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.
Fabulous book. I bought it for my first grader and she loves it. It tells the story with a lot of detail that is usually lost in children’s stories. It also does a great job of explaining complex topics like trajectories and sonic booms in a way that kids can understand. And the art is beautiful, to boot.
Note: People that gave this one or two stars were confused-there are several versions of the original 375 page book for adults. This picture book is for young children, and there is another version for middle graders in 3-7th grade! The author is telling this story to all levels of readers, so watch what you are buying!
This is a perfect picture book version of a complex and compelling story. The authors do a fine job of capturing the times in which these future pioneers grew up, facing discrimination both because of their race and their gender. We see their brilliance and their perseverance. The science is beautifully explained for younger kids. The illustrations are very relatable. Several copies of both the picture book and the middle grade books versions belong in every elementary school! First through third grade teachers should read it aloud and discuss it! I would give this 10 stars if I could!
I bought a couple of different books o. This subject to allow my students to see how the same story can be told, but through different perspectives. They loved it and asked me to read it again. They loved the talking points it inspired, which ties back to prior learning, about the cival rights movement and women's rights movement. I love choosing books that inspire a child to think about the culture and time frame the story is taking place. The "why" behind the actions of the characters. This book did that for our classroom. I believe it was a great addition to our solar system and space unit of study.
This book is a perfect gift for young readers. The artwork is gorgeous, the story important and inspiring and made accessible to young ones. I'd definitely recommend it to share with any young women of color in your life - it's a great story of empowerment.
This is a little known story in the space race against Russia. When my students are studying World War II and I have multiple books that I do book talks on, I always throw this one out there as one they can read in about 15 minutes. It’s phenomenal what a group of African-American women were able to do for the space program that very few people knew about until Hollywood brought it to light through a movie by the same name. You go ladies!
Okay here goes. I expected more. It had the facts, and as important as they are to show the progress from such stupid ideas it really was kind of dull and longer than most of my 6th graders would last through. I will add it to my classroom digital library just because it will familiarize kids with the idea anyone can do anything even if things are stacked against you. But I don't foresee many reading it.