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In this imaginatively illustrated book from the Work It, Girl series, discover how Mae Jemison became the first African American woman in space in this true story of her life. Then, learn 10 key lessons from her work you can apply to your own life.
When Mae Jemison was a little girl, she loved science, dancing, and dinosaurs. She watched the Apollo moon landings and wondered why none of the astronauts were women--and she just didn't buy the answers she was given...
Work It, Girl is an empowering series of biographies featuring modern women in the world of work, from designers and musicians to CEOs and scientists. Each of these vibrantly illustrated books tells the story of a remarkable woman in 10 chapters that highlight transformative moments in her life, following the ups and downs that she faced on her road to success. At the end, 10 key lessons show what you can learn from these moments, and self-reflection questions help you apply these lessons to your own life. Brightly colored photo illustrations of 3-D cut paper artwork featuring inspiring quotes from these amazing women bring their stories to vivid life. Learn how to work it as you lay the foundations for your own successful career.
This installment of the Work It, Girl series focuses on Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman astronaut. Over 10 easy-to-read chapters, Moss uses conversational prose to an approachable, relatable introduction Jemison's life, from childhood dreams ("When Mae Jemison was a little girl, she dreamed of sailing off into space") to adult triumphs ("In 1981, she graduated Cornell as a Doctor of Medicine"). Throughout, Moss focuses on the obstacles Jemison faced ("Dreaming big was not something a young Black girl from Alabama in the 1960s was encouraged to do") and the hard work necessary to overcome them. Bright cut-paper illustrations by Erkas complement inspirational pull quotes and factoids. Includes "10 key lessons from Mae's life," reflective questions, and further reading. Ages 8-12. (Mar.)Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, LLC Used with permission.
Gr 3-7--This in-depth, well-organized biography about Mae Jemison goes beyond the typical text. Jemison was the first African American woman to travel in space in 1992. Moss portrays Jemison's childhood years as a dreamer who knew that she would have to break barriers to accomplish her goals. Jemison's own words are highlighted throughout the book by Erkas's 3D, paper-cut, colorful illustrations. Some spreads are just a quote and an illustration. One shows Jemison in a space capsule looking out to Earth with the quote, "I looked down at Chicago and I thought about the little girl who assumed she would go into space. What would my younger self have thought if she had met me? I think she would have been tickled." Moments like this allow readers to relate to Jemison and her ambition. A few photographs of Jemison in her NASA uniform and of her preparing for space flight are included. It is also refreshing that this biography highlights the accomplishments that Jemison achieved after she retired from NASA. Near the end of the book, a fun top 10 list of lessons emphasizes Jemison's determination and encourages self-reflection in readers. A further reading list is featured. VERDICT A very well-executed, colorful, and detailed biography of an American heroine. A welcome addition to any young readers' biography section.--Erin Olsen, Hunter College Elementary School, NYCopyright 2020 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.