Ellen Takes Flight: The Life of Astronaut Ellen Ochoa (A Big Words Book)

by Doreen Rappaport (Author) Oliver Dominguez (Illustrator)

Ellen Takes Flight: The Life of Astronaut Ellen Ochoa (A Big Words Book)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

Celebrate the groundbreaking life of astronaut and Johnson Space Center director Ellen Ochoa, the first Latina in space, in this latest book in the award-winning Big Words biography series.

Young Ellen loved to learn. Encouraged by her mother, she graduated at the top of her high school and college classes, and studied electrical engineering in graduate school. An accomplished engineer by age 30, with three patents to her name, she kept learning and trying new things. When NASA began accepting women and people of color to the astronaut program, Ellen found herself drawn to this exciting and demanding career. On her first mission, she was the only woman aboard the shuttle Discovery and the first Latina to reach outer space. After four space flights, she became the first Latina director of the Johnson Space Center and has received numerous distinctions and awards. This addition to the award-winning Big Words biography series celebrates a STEM pioneer known for her brilliance, persistence, and an intellectual curiosity as infinite as the stars.

With dynamic illustrations by Oliver Dominguez, Doreen Rappaport's richly detailed narrative--punctuated with standout quotes from Ellen herself--will inspire a new generation to unravel the mysteries of the universe.

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$19.99

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Doreen Rappaport
Doreen Rappaport's nonfiction and historical fiction books have been acclaimed for their meticulous research and varied literary styles. She is the recipient of the Washington Post Children's Book Guild lifetime achievement award for the writing of nonfiction. Her many award-winning biographies include the Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Honor book Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., illustrated by Bryan Collier; Abe's Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln, illustrated by Kadir Nelson; and Ruth Objects: The Life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, illustrated by Eric Velasquez. Doreen lives in upstate New York and invites you to visit her online at doreenrappaport.com.

Oliver Dominguez is an award-winning Colombian American children's book illustrator and instructor. His love of historical figures has led him to illustrate numerous titles, including Nacho's Nachos: The Story Behind the World's Favorite Snack, written by Sandra Nickel; Electrical Wizard: How Nikola Tesla Lit the World, written by Elizabeth Rusch; and Miracle Mud: Lena Blackburne and the Secret Mud that Changed Baseball, written by David A. Kelly. Oliver lives in Florida with his family and invites you visit him online at oliverdominguezart.com or on Instagram @oliverdominguezart.
Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9780759554948
Lexile Measure
N/A
Guided Reading Level
N/A
Publisher
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date
September 20, 2023
Series
A Big Words Book
BISAC categories
JUV000000 - Juvenile Fiction | General
Library of Congress categories
United States
Women astronauts
Astronauts
Hispanic American women
Ochoa, Ellen
Hispanic American astronauts

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