Written and Illustrated by Ken Wilson-Max
When a little girl, Astrid, is asked what she wants to be when she grows up, she insists that all she wants is to go into space. Papa is quick to point out the many difficulties with being an astronaut.
Lively illustrations help to show how the difficulties of space travel might affect an astronaut. Astronauts endure some extreme motion. Papa swings Astrid around to show how that might be. Astronauts must eat tubes of food, like a cereal bar. Astrid thinks she can handle that. Astronauts endure zero gravity, so Papa throws her up in the air. Astronauts must do experiments, such as making cookies. Can Astrid endure the isolation of space? Turns out Mama is an astronaut herself.
An added bonus lists five women who have been instrumental in space exploration. This is a great way to introduce space travel to younger readers.
- Title: Astro Girl
- Author/Illustrator: Ken Wilson-Max
- Published: Candlewick Press, 2019
- Reviewer: Sue Poduska
- Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
- Grade Level: PreK to 3
- Genre: Career aspirations
- ISBN: 978-1-5362-0946-4