You Should Meet Mae Jemison by Laurie Calkhoven, illustrated by Monique Dong


81lwrtyzlYou Should Meet Mae Jemison (Ready-to-Read, level 3) by Laurie Calkhoven, illustrated by Monique Dong, Simon Spotlight, 2016.  9781481476492

Format: Paperback

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

What did you like about the book? This easy reader biography of Mae Jemison is a winner on all levels. Jemison, who is the first African-American woman to become an astronaut, is also a scientist, a dancer, a doctor, an author and a teacher. Five short chapters describe her years of learning and inspiration, often shattering expectations about what a girl, and an African-American, could become. Her wide-ranging interests, from dancing to healing to Star Trek are covered in sentences just complex enough to satisfy confident early grade readers. Back matter, including a science experiment, adds to the appeal for young scientists. Whimsical jewel-toned illustrations  perfectly convey the many facets of Jemison’s fascinating life, show affection for the subject matter and add to the readability of the biography for the intended audience.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Offer this to confident readers interested in biography or space exploration

Who should buy this book? Elementary school and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Easy readers, or Biography

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: October 29, 2016

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