The Astronaut with a Song for the Stars: The Story of Dr. Ellen Ochoa (Amazing Scientists #4)

by Julia Finley Mosca (Author) Daniel Rieley (Illustrator)

The Astronaut with a Song for the Stars: The Story of Dr. Ellen Ochoa (Amazing Scientists #4)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

If you have a mission, a dream to explore, but no one like you has achieved it before...

Meet Dr. Ellen Ochoa-a determined space pioneer with a stellar symphony of talents.

Growing up in a family of immigrants, Ellen dreamed of becoming a professional flutist, but all of that changed when she discovered engineering in college. Though she was told that field of study wasn't for girls, the bright young scientist refused to give up-ultimately becoming a NASA astronaut who shattered barriers and rocketed to success!

The Astronaut With a Song for the Stars: The Story of Dr. Ellen Ochoa is the fourth book in a riveting educational series about the inspiring lives of amazing scientists. In addition to the illustrated rhyming tale, you'll find a complete biography, fun facts, a colorful timeline of events, and even a note from Dr. Ochoa herself!


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School Library Journal

Starred Review

Gr 3-5 Racism, sexisim, and other hardships did not keep Dr. Ellen Ochoa from living her dream of becoming an astronaut. The illustrations of Ochoa and other people featured have a cartoon feel to them, giving them a lighthearted quality. Overall the artwork complements the poetry wonderfully, using light colors and minimalist designs that capture the action and convey the messages in each scene. The end pages of space with "Elena Ochoa" written in the stars make for a beautiful detail for an inspiring story. The poetry follows a ABCB rhyme scheme, and while it gives the book a singsong feel, it makes the content and background information manageable, age appropriate, and fun. There are additional pages of facts and tidbits, full biographical information, and a time line of major events in the subject's life and career for readers wanting more straightforward facts than what is revealed in the main text of the story. VERDICT This delightful book combines poetry and whimsical artwork to tell Ochoa's story, the world's first Latina in space, and the hard work and perseverance that got her all the way to the stars. A must purchase for all elementary science and biography collections.--Molly Dettmann, Norman North High School, OK

Copyright 2019 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Review quotes

★ "This delightful book combines poetry and whimsical artwork to tell Ochoa's story, the world's first Latina in space, and the hard work and perseverance that got her all the way to the stars. A must purchase for all elementary science and biography collections."
— School Library Journal, starred review
Julia Finley Mosca

JULIA FINLEY MOSCA is a copywriter and former journalist who spent more than a decade in Hollywood crafting messages for money. After working with such recognizable brands as Entertainment Tonight, Yahoo!, American Greetings, and JibJab, she landed her most rewarding job yet--mom to one ferociously curious and spunky little girl. The Amazing Scientists series marks Mosca's debut into the magical world of children's books.

DANIEL RIELEY is a British freelance illustrator based in Lisbon. After studying at The Arts Institute Bournemouth, taking an epic backpacking adventure in Australia, and working 3 years in London, he decided to take off to sunny Portugal. For the last 2 years, Daniel has been working on several illustration projects in advertising, print, card design, and children's picture books. When Daniel is not drawing you can probably find him trying to catch waves, taking photos with old cameras, or playing his newly discovered sport Padel.

Classification
Non-fiction
ISBN-13
9781943147632
Lexile Measure
610L
Guided Reading Level
N/A
Publisher
Innovation Press
Publication date
September 20, 2019
Series
Amazing Scientists
BISAC categories
JNF007090 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Science & Technology
JNF007120 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Women
JNF051010 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Technology | Aeronautics, Astronautics & Space Science
JNF051040 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature | Astronomy
JNF018030 - Juvenile Nonfiction | People & Places | United States - Hispanic/Latino
Library of Congress categories
Biographies
United States
Stories in rhyme
Women astronauts
Astronauts
Hispanic American women
Ochoa, Ellen
Discovery (Spacecraft)

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