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Mousetronaut: Based on a (Partially) True Story (Paula Wiseman Books)by Mark Kelly
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andlt;b andgt;A heartwarming picture book tale of the power of the small, from bestselling author and retired NASA astronaut Commander Mark Kelly.andlt;/bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Astronaut Mark Kelly flew with and#8220;mice-tronautsand#8221; on his first spaceflight aboard space shuttle andlt;iandgt;Endeavourandlt;/iandgt; in 2001. andlt;iandgt;Mousetronautandlt;/iandgt; tells the story of a small mouse that wants nothing more than to travel to outer space. The little mouse works as hard as the bigger mice to show readiness for the mission . . . and is chosen for the flight! While in space, the astronauts are busy with their mission when disaster strikesand#8212;and only the smallest member of the crew can save the day. With lively illustrations by award-winning artist C. F. Payne, andlt;iandgt;Mousetronaut andlt;/iandgt;is a charming tale of perseverance, courage, and the importance of the small!
"In an afterword, former astronaut Kelly (who is also the husband of Gabrielle Giffords) recalls that on his first Endeavor flight, the research mice on board would have nothing to do with weightlessness and clung to the mesh of their cage for the entire mission — except one, 'smaller than the rest, seemed to enjoy the experience and effortlessly floated around the cage.' Inspired by this real-life mouse, Kelly's first children's book tells the story of Meteor, a lightly anthropomorphized rodent who turns his tininess into an advantage when an important key gets stuck in a crack between two monitors. The understated, quietly intense prose (' Ã¢Â€Â˜This isn't good,' says the commander. Ã¢Â€Â˜We need that key back' ') is just right for the particular breed of hero that is the American astronaut, and the narrative stakes are just high enough for the younger end of the target audience. Payne (Hide-and-Squeak) contributes muscular, handsomely textured images and vivid portraits that make it absolutely clear that space travel is a larger-than-life adventure. Ages 4 — 8. Agent: Robert Barnett, Williams & Connolly." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
andlt;bandgt;Mark Kellyandlt;/bandgt; was a Captain in the United States Navy when he commanded the final mission of Space Shuttle Endeavour in May of 2011. A veteran of four space flights to the International Space Station he is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy and holds a masters degree from the U.S. Naval Post Graduate School. As a naval aviator he flew thirty-nine combat missions in Operation Desert Storm in 1991. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;C. F. Payneandlt;/bandgt; has illustrated more than a dozen picture books, including the Texas Bluebonnet winner andlt;iandgt;Shoeless Joe andamp; Black Betsyandlt;/iandgt; andandlt;iandgt; Turkey Bowlandlt;/iandgt;, both written by Phil Bildner. He also illustrated the andlt;iandgt;New York Timesandlt;/iandgt; bestsellers andlt;iandgt;The Remarkable Farkle McBrideandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;Micawberandlt;/iandgt;, both by John Lithgow. C.F Payne lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, with his wife and children. Visit him at CFPayne.com.
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