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A charming story about a little girl who longs to go into space, and be just like her mum!
Published to tie in with the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.
Brings information about space travel to a very young readership.
Shows there are no gender barriers to being an astronaut.
About the Author
In this charming introduction to space and space travel, one little girl dreams of going on missions into outer space. She and her father are at home by themselves, because her mum is away. Papa points out some of the challenges that astronauts have to face, but Astrid knows that she’ll be OK, whether it's controlling a space-craft, eating space food or moving around and sleeping in zero gravity. And when Papa and Astrid go to meet Mama we get a big surprise... Astrid’s mother is a real astronaut, just returned from a space trip!
Ken Wilson-Max was born in Harare, Zimbabwe. He came to the UK to study design and ended up working in children's publishing. His own first book was published in 1993 and since then there have been many, including the Lenny and Max series. As well as being a leading graphic designer, he is the publisher of Chicken!
a newspaper which introduces current affairs to primary school children. He spends much time visiting schools and libraries, creating workshops and delivering exhibitions. He calls this "a great part of my job, the place where I learn the most."
"A diverse and aspirational picture book, radiating positivity and parental love...All the elements of this book will be sure to get Early Years children excited. A great read-aloud to the class for those looking for a bit more to discuss."
* Just Imagine *
"This delightful story brings space travel up close for young children, and has a special surprise ending!"
* Summer Reading Challenge *
"This lovely early-years picture book explores Astrid's passion within a domestic sphere as she explores the every day with her father, thinking about how what they are doing relates to outer space - eating meals, discussing gravity, science experiments and more. There's a neat twist at the end - the mum comes home from her job as an astronaut. Black-outlined colourful illustrations set this book firmly within preschool territory, with a lovely timeline of women in space at the back."
* Minerva Reads *
"A story full of tenderness and adventure...This gentle picture book with distinctive earthy illustrations is a lovely read-aloud for Reception/Year 1 with a wonderful inclusive message at its heart, supported by the mini fact-files about female and BAME astronauts at the end."
* Books for Topics *
"A very encouraging story, and Ken Wilson-Max's illustrations, with their textured look, are as delightful as ever."
* Books for Keeps *
"Seek this book out, it's great...an enjoyable, diverse read."
* Mama Filz *
* Parents in Touch *
"This book will enable children and parents to talk with each other and build stories an pictures around all sorts of space travel."
* DolphinBooks - the blog *
"A delightful combination of imaginative play and inspiring role model from a much-loved author-illustrator."
-- Imogen Russell Williams * Guardian *
"Lovely, big, bold illustrations."
* Angels and Urchins *
"With bold, strong pictures this story has a surprise for its reader...and has plenty of interesting facts... A delight to read."
* Armadillo *
"Simply and beautifully told...A smashing book for young space enthusiasts and perhaps to share on Father's Day."
* Red Reading Hub *