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Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-26-2017 02:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My Journey to the Stars
by Scott Kelly with illustrations by André Ceolin
From average student to record-setting astronaut, this is the awe-inspiring life journey of NASA astronaut Scott Kelly.

Scott Kelly wasn't sure what he wanted to be when he grew up. He struggled in school and often got in trouble with his twin brother, Mark. Then one day Scott discovered a book about test pilots and astronauts that set him on a new path.

His sharp focus led him to fly higher and higher, becoming first a pilot and then an astronaut, along with his brother — the first twin astronauts in history. But his greatest accomplishment of all was commanding the International Space Station and spending nearly a year in space, which set the record for the longest spaceflight by an American.

This fascinating picture book memoir of an ordinary boy who grew up to do extraordinary things will amaze and inspire you.

  • Age Range: 5-8 years
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Crown Books for Young Readers (October 17, 2017)
  • ISBN-10: 1524763772
  • ISBN-13: 978-1524763770

Wehaveliftoff
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posted 04-26-2017 07:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Wehaveliftoff   Click Here to Email Wehaveliftoff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This release date coincides with his adult book "Endurance: My Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery" release.

Glint
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Looks like a great book with an unfortunately misnamed title. Even though in Earth orbit for a year, the author was no closer to the stars than you or I.

While we as adults may know that the ISS is not traveling to the stars, I think it's important that non-fiction presented to youngsters should not only be written clearly, but must also be accurate and free from exaggeration.

I could almost understand a title that said "among the stars" as the text could explain that when observed from the ground the ISS appears to travel among them. But to say "to the stars" is flat out misleading.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-28-2017 09:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I expect the title is intended to be inspirational (along the lines of what Kelly tweeted, "If you can dream it, you can do it!") and may be explained in the book.

onesmallstep
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posted 04-28-2017 02:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Not to nitpick further, but taking the opposite tack the title is not misleading at all, since the term "astronaut" derives from the Greek words 'astron' meaning star and 'nautes,' sailor. Besides, you may have overlooked Jerry Ross' children's version of his adult book of several years back, titled "Becoming a Spacewalker: My Journey to the Stars."

Neil DC
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Back in 1982, the Russians produced a beautiful picture book of their manned spaceflights call "K Zvezdam," To The Stars. So they follow the same theme too. Just a figure of speech.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 01-08-2018 11:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
While I understand the age range (5-8 years old), this book seemed a little too simplistic version of "Endurance."

The minimum age for Sally Ride's "To Space and Back," is also 8 years old, and I felt that this was more for beginning readers - say, ages 3 to 5 or 6.

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