THE MOON OVER STAR by Dianna Hutts Aston

THE MOON OVER STAR

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Age Range: 6 - 9

KIRKUS REVIEW

Twenty-three years before Mae Jemison became the first African-American woman to travel into space, a young girl living in the small Southern town of Star anxiously awaits the first step of a man on the moon. In a child’s voice but with lovely storytelling cadences, Aston tells the story of the excitement, anticipation and skepticism felt by one family on July 20, 1969. Young Mae and her family go about their normal routines—church, picnicking, play—but take time throughout the day to gather around the television to watch history being made. While Mae is excited, her Gramps, like many Americans, feels the space program is a waste of money but nevertheless encourages her granddaughter to dream. Pinkney’s vibrant illustrations exquisitely complement the moving story. The double-page spreads of the the rocket traveling through space from Earth to Moon express the enormity of the moment, and the characters’ emotions are palpable. While the family is African-American, there is no explicit connection to the historical Jemison, rendering this tale gorgeously universal. (Picture book. 6-9)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-8037-3107-3
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Dial
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2008




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