I Want to Be an Astronaut

I Want to Be an Astronaut

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by Byron Barton
     
 

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Blast-off! Up into the shy goes the space shuttle. Into orbit, the astronauts get a taste of ready-to-eat food, experience zero gravity, go for space walks, and even fix a satellite. It's fun to fly aboard the shuttle...and then come back to earth.

Notable Children's Book of 1988 (ALA)
1988 Fanfare Honor List (The Horn Book)
Best Illustrated

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Blast-off! Up into the shy goes the space shuttle. Into orbit, the astronauts get a taste of ready-to-eat food, experience zero gravity, go for space walks, and even fix a satellite. It's fun to fly aboard the shuttle...and then come back to earth.

Notable Children's Book of 1988 (ALA)
1988 Fanfare Honor List (The Horn Book)
Best Illustrated Children's Books of 1988 (NYT)
Oustanding Science Trade Books for Children 1988 (NSTA/CBC)

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
The protagonist wants to be an astronaut, to venture into space and be part of a brave new group of workers. The sex of the astronaut is undefined and the crew reflects different races. They all seem to have a fine time eating, sleeping, and working on their space mission, but they also are happy to return to earth when the mission is over. This may be just the book that launches the career of a future astronaut. Bold and simple illustrations, plus minimal text, make the reissue of this book in a board book format a success. 1997 (orig.
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
Mr. Barton's five sentences, brilliant colors, and bold strokes tell it like it is for today's toddlers, tomorrow's space walkers.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1 Barton's thick-lined illustrations positively glow in this simple, lyrical picture book. A young girl declares her longing to ``fly on the shuttle into outer space,'' to live in zero gravity, ``put on a space suit , '' and ``help fix a satellite'' before coming back to Earth. Text is very briefa few words in bold face type per pagebut the familiar acts of eating, sleeping, and working become intense and special as she and the rest of the crew go about their business in the bright, stylized pictures. Beginning readers may stumble over some of the vocabulary, but the book's emotional appeal will have nearly everyone off and flying. John Peters, New York Public Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780606005166
Publisher:
San Val, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/01/1992

Meet the Author

Byron Barton is the creator of many picture books for young children, including My Car, Building a House, and Little Red Hen.

Byron Barton is the creator of many picture books for young children, including My Car, Building a House, and Little Red Hen.

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