This nonfiction picture book teaches children facts about astronauts and their role in space exploration. Children will learn what types of tasks astronauts perform while on a mission, how they are able to breathe, how long a mission can last, and the danger associated with the job. There are interesting photographs to go along with the text that show astronauts both in space and on Earth. This book is part of the Pebble Plus/Capstone Press "Exploring the Galaxy" series. It is fully bilingual in English and Spanish and includes a table of contents, an index, and a glossary in both languages. It also features close photo-text matches and a solar system diagram. The content supports national science standards and repetition of words for early readers. The series has a website where readers can find links to other age-specific sites about the content of each book. The website also has teaching resources, vocabulary, contests, recommendations for other books, and worksheets to supplement reading. Reviewer: Traci Avalos
Thomas K. Adamson has written dozens of nonfiction books for kids on sports, space, math, and more. He lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, with his wife and two sons. He likes reading and playing ball with his boys. He also likes to check scores and stats on his phone.