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A beautiful picture book for sharing and marking special occasions such as graduation, inspired by the life of the first African American woman to travel in space, Mae Jemison. An Amazon Best Book of...
A beautiful picture book for sharing and marking special occasions such as graduation, inspired by the life of the first African American woman to travel in space, Mae Jemison. An Amazon Best Book of...
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  • A beautiful picture book for sharing and marking special occasions such as graduation, inspired by the life of the first African American woman to travel in space, Mae Jemison. An Amazon Best Book of the Month!

    A great classroom and bedtime read-aloud, Mae Among the Stars is the perfect book for young readers who have big dreams and even bigger hearts.

    When Little Mae was a child, she dreamed of dancing in space. She imagined herself surrounded by billions of stars, floating, gliding, and discovering.

    She wanted to be an astronaut.

    Her mom told her, "If you believe it, and work hard for it, anything is possible."

    Little Mae's curiosity, intelligence, and determination, matched with her parents' encouraging words, paved the way for her incredible success at NASA as the first African American woman to travel in space.

    This book will inspire other young girls to reach for the stars, to aspire for the impossible, and to persist with childlike imagination.

About the Author-

  • Roda Ahmed is a Norwegian author and columnist born in Hargeisa, Somalia. Roda is the bestselling author of Forberedelsen (The Preparations). Mae Among the Stars is her first children's book. She can speak five languages: Somali, Arabic, Norwegian, English, and French. Roda lives in LA with her husband and two children. For more info check out www.rodaworld.com.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    November 13, 2017
    Ahmed’s first children’s book presents a vague fictional portrait of a young Mae Jemison, whose parents support her dream of becoming an astronaut; their advice (“If you can dream it, if you believe it and work hard for it, anything is possible”) becomes the book’s refrain. Ahmed hints at the sexist attitudes Jemison was up against: Mae’s classmates laugh when she reveals that she wants to be an astronaut, and her skeptical teacher tells her, “Nursing would be a good profession for someone like you.” Newcomer Burrington’s spare illustrations combine watery splashes of color with collaged elements; her characters’ rounded heads and minimal facial features give them an emoji-like appearance but don’t do much to bring emotion to the story. An afterword provides some details about Jemison’s career and various firsts she accomplished, including becoming the first African-American woman in space, but this is less a picture book biography than a generic ode to persistence and dreaming big, loosely tied to Jemison’s life. Ages 4–8. Author’s agent: Margaret Riley King, William Morris Endeavor.

  • School Library Journal

    December 1, 2017

    K-Gr 2-Born in Alabama, Mae Jemison dreamed of going to space. When she grew up, she attained a degree in chemical engineering before finishing medical school in the 1980s. After a stint in the Peace Corps, Jemison wasn't content with just being an engineer or doctor-she satisfied her love of the stars by becoming an astronaut-the first African American female astronaut and the first African American woman in space. Ahmed and Burrington have created a love letter to Jemison with this appealing picture book biography. The recurring line, "If you can dream it, if you believe in it, and work hard for it, anything is possible" is a chorus sure to resonate with children. The emphasis on Jemison's lifelong passion for space science will inspire readers to have confidence in the trajectory of their own interests. Burrington's bright, kid-friendly illustrations were created with ink and Adobe Photoshop. An epilogue provides the dates and details of Jemison's life and career. VERDICT A starry addition to picture book biography collections.-Deidre Winterhalter, Oak Park Public Library, IL

    Copyright 2017 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Booklist

    December 15, 2017
    Preschool-G Aqueous watercolor backgrounds and sweet, round-faced figures illustrate this empowering account of the childhood of Mae Jemison, the first black woman in space. As a child, Mae dreams big, telling anyone who'll listen (and even some who won't) that she wants to be an astronaut. Her white teacher and classmates are cruelly dismissive, but her parents are always encouraging, telling her, If you believe it and work hard for it, anything is possible. That exhortation becomes a mantra, and after years of hard work, Mae makes good on her aspirations and waves to her parents from her spaceship. Ahmed focuses primarily on Mae's childhood dreams of space, skipping over the hard work she did to finally achieve her goal, but a closing note fills in some details about Jemison's groundbreaking career. Burrington's cute, playful paintings match the dreamy focus of the story, particularly her star-splattered nighttime scenes. Though kids looking for a meatier account of Jemison's work might be disappointed, the inspirational tone will strike the right note for those just learning about the astronaut.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2017, American Library Association.)

  • Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

    "An enchanting, inspirational account of Jemison's early life that illustrates the importance of encouraging and supporting children's dreams." — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

    "Ahmed and Burrington have created a love letter to Jemison with this appealing picture book biography. The emphasis on Jemison's lifelong passion for space science will inspire readers to have confidence in the trajectory of their own interests." — School Library Journal

    "Ahmed's first children's book presents a fictional portrait of a young Mae Jemison, whose parents support her dream of becoming an astronaut; their advice ("If you can dream it, if you believe it and work hard for it, anything is possible") becomes the book's refrain." — Publishers Weekly

    "A starry addition to picture book biography collections." — School Library Journal

    "Burrington's cute, playful paintings match the dreamy focus of the story, particularly her star-splattered nighttime scenes. The inspirational tone
    will strike the right note for those just learning about the astronaut." — Booklist

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