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To the Stars!
ISBN: 9781580896443
Author: Van Vleet, Carmella/ Sullivan, Kathy, Dr./ Wong, N
Publisher: Charlesbridge Pub Inc
Published: January 2016
Retail: $16.95    OUR PRICE: $2.99
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Binding Type: Hardcover
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Annotation: Shares the story of renowned astronaut and distinguished scientist Kathryn Sullivan, describing how she defied the conventions of her childhood to pursue interests previously limited to boys and how she became the first woman to walk in space.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Technology | Aeronautics, Astronautics & Space Science
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Women
- Juvenile Nonfiction | History | Exploration & Discovery
Library of Congress Subjects:
Women astronauts; United States; Biography; Juvenile literature.
Women scientists; United States; Biography; Juvenile literature.
Astronauts; United States; Biography; Juvenile literature.
Dewey: 629.450092
LCCN: 2014049183
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Book type: Easy Non Fiction
Target Grade: 1-2
Grade level: 1-2
Physical Information: 0.25" H x 25.00" L x 10.50" W
Bargain Category: Early Elementary, Picture Books
Grade level(s): Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Carmella Van Vleet is the author of many hands-on science and history books and the middle-grade novel Eliza Bing Is (Not) a Big, Fat Quitter (Holiday House). To the Stars! is her first picture book.

Dr. Kathryn Sullivan is a distinguished scientist and renowned astronaut. She was one of the first six women selected to join the NASA astronaut corps in 1978 and holds the distinction of being the first American woman to walk in space. Dr. Sullivan flew on three shuttle missions during her fifteen-year tenure, including the mission to deploy the Hubble Space Telescope. She was confirmed by the Senate as the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator in 2014.

Nicole Wong has illustrated many books for children, including No Monkeys, No Chocolate; Maxwell's Mountain; Wild Rose's Weaving (Tanglewood Press); and "L" Is for Library (Upstart Books).
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2016 Fall)
This picture book biography may puzzle young readers as it constantly alternates between astronaut Kathy Sullivan's childhood and adult years. Illustrations capture Sullivan's love of flying, but too often the text reaches (and falls flat) when it tries to equate childhood experiences with future skills. The end matter helps tie up loose ends. This exciting story deserves a better telling.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2015 December #2)

Astronaut Sullivan collaborates with Van Vleet to recount her path to becoming the first American woman to walk in space, while aboard the Challenger shuttle in 1984. In one scene, a young Sullivan dives into a lake, while on the following spread she's seen working on deep-sea submersibles as an adult. Wong's lemony ink-and-watercolor illustrations picture Sullivan as calm and curious, and her decision to pursue exactly what interests her ("I know what I love, and I'm just going to follow that compass") may encourage readers to give more credence to their own aspirations. Extensive endnotes offer additional details about Sullivan's life and accomplishments, as well as those of other pioneering female astronauts. Ages 5–8. Authors' agent: Marie Lamba, Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency. Illustrator's agent: Teresa Kietlinski, Prospect Agency. (Jan.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2016 February)

Gr 2–5—A picture book biography of Sullivan, the first woman to do an extravehicular activity—more commonly known as a space walk—during her 1984 mission on the Challenger. Whimsical illustrations alternate between Sullivan as a young girl looking over her father's blueprints, daydreaming about seeing the world, and learning to fly and Sullivan as an adult training at NASA and riding the launch into space. The text supplies a subtle dose of girl power as readers witness Kathy succeeding despite sexist statements from friends and adults, such as "Girls don't like those jobs" and "Girls are supposed to be teachers or nurses or moms." Back matter includes a note from Sullivan about how she dreaded being asked, "What do you want to be when you grow up?," as well as a short essay with more information on her and other female space pioneers. However, only American women are featured here; others, such as Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space, are not mentioned. The simple text makes this volume a good option for a group read-aloud during a unit on space or Women's History Month, but there may not be enough substance here for school reports. VERDICT A wonderful and inspiring addition to biography and space collections.—Meaghan Darling, Long Hill Township Public Library, Gillette, NJ

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2016 March)

Gr 2–5—A picture book biography of Sullivan, the first woman to do an extravehicular activity—more commonly known as a space walk—during her 1984 mission on the Challenger. Whimsical illustrations alternate between Sullivan as a young girl looking over her father's blueprints, daydreaming about seeing the world, and learning to fly and Sullivan as an adult training at NASA and riding the launch into space. The text supplies a subtle dose of girl power as readers witness Kathy succeeding despite sexist statements from friends and adults, such as "Girls don't like those jobs" and "Girls are supposed to be teachers or nurses or moms." Back matter includes a note from Sullivan about how she dreaded being asked, "What do you want to be when you grow up?," as well as a short essay with more information on her and other female space pioneers. However, only American women are featured here; others, such as Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space, are not mentioned. The simple text makes this volume a good option for a group read-aloud during a unit on space or Women's History Month, but there may not be enough substance here for school reports. VERDICT A wonderful and inspiring addition to biography and space collections.—Meaghan Darling, Long Hill Township Public Library, Gillette, NJ

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