- Age Range: 12 and up
- Lexile Measure: 960L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1 edition (April 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0439131952
- ISBN-13: 978-0439131957
- Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #981,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Find Where The Wind Goes: Moments From My Life Hardcover – April 1, 2001
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From majoring in chemical engineering at Stanford University (at the age of 16) to giggling with hairdressers in Nairobi (in Swahili) to orbiting the Earth as the first woman of color to travel in space (conducting experiments in life and material sciences and bone cell research as the mission's science specialist), Mae Jemison has never been one to sit and watch life pass her by. From childhood, Jemison knew she would be an astronaut--the fact that space travelers tended to be white men only meant one more obstacle she would gladly face. Her autobiography, sassy, confident, and witty, is full of anecdotes designed to empower young readers, even as they chuckle at her foibles and cheer her victories. Whether working as a Peace Corps medical officer, fiercely upholding her feminist stance in a sexist college class, or dancing her "fanny off," Jemison is an inspiration to every child who dreams big. (Ages 10 and older) --Emilie Coulter
From Publishers Weekly
In an accessible, conversational tone, first-time children's author Jemison offers insight into her remarkable life, from her announcement in kindergarten, in 1961, that she wanted "to be a scientist" to her realization of her dream as "the first woman of color in the world to travel into space." Jemison observes, "I'm struck by how the flow of life events is like the wind," and, as if sitting on a stoop, she gathers readers in as she recounts the "large, small and medium-sized moments that have carried me aloft to this place, this day." At times, the wind metaphor becomes overblown, and a few digressions lead the narrative astray (e.g., a passage about being hit on the head by a sibling; a brief treatise directed at readers, "Take the high school and college romance, boy/girl stuff, with a huge grain of salt..."). But the writing sings, for example, when Jemison recalls her blossoming interest in science, relating her work on a third grade report about "the evolution of life on planet Earth" and a high school sickle-cell anemia project (students could almost follow the process she outlines here as a blueprint for their own science fair projects). Another standout section is her account of a high school gang's attempt to draft her older brother; her parents' response to the situation, which speaks volumes about their unwavering commitment to their family and education, clearly influenced the author. Some readers may wish for more of the defining moments that made Jemison a hero. (The author glosses over her jump from the Peace Corps to NASA, for instance.) However, this inspiring autobiography is a testimony to the power of setting goals and the strength of character necessary to achieve them. Ages 10-up.
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Top customer reviews
I highly recommend this book because Dr. Jemison is so warm, honest and down to earth in her story telling. She also lets you see the ordinary side of her and her family. It gives every little girl the realization that they too (with a little hard work) can achieve their dreams if they remain focused and true to themselves.
Dr. Jemison's life is filled with adventure and adversity and she often chooses the "road less traveled". It truly has made all the difference.
Dr. Mae Jemison
Dr. Mae Jemison was a doctor and the she became an astronaut. She worked on the Endeavor Space Lab. I chose this book because it talked about space and the exploration or space. Working on the space lab was a tough job. It was a tough challenge for her like getting a perfect score on the SAT.
When she was little she was the only one in her class that wanted to be an astronaut. She had an older brother and sister that marginally supported her dream of being an astronaut. Her family had to move from Alabama to California for her dad's job when she was 13 years old. Her mother and the rest of her family were mad that they had to move because they loved Alabama.
When she started high school, it was very rough for Mae, she didn't know anybody. Mae failed her first trimester of science. She really wanted to be an astronaut and this may have stopped her chances. She tried really hard and the rest of the year she did well. Mae graduated from high school with honors. Mae attended college and had a few problems there. She worked hard and graduated with a doctorate in science.
Then, she signed up to be a part of NASA. When she turned in her application she didn't get a response for a year. The reason was that the Challenger had exploded in space and the space program was on hold. She didn't think she was good enough for NASA. One year later she received a letter that she had been accepted to the program. She had to train vigorously before her first mission. Her first mission was to set up a space lab. This lab had to be set up with the Endeavor. They spent a week in space experimenting with insects and their environment. When Mae came back to earth they were hoarded by a bunch or newscasters. She explained what they did in space and how it felt to be in space.
Mae learned that change is sometimes good. If it wasn't for her Dad and his job, she wouldn't have been in space then and she wouldn't have been there today. She knew that having a good education was important and necessary for that type of job.
It *was* enjoyable because she speaks in a normal conversational tone that makes one feel at home with her.
I found her life to be amazing -- and I've never read about someone who is so intelligent, talented and personable.
While I think that the intended audience for this book is teen/pre-teen gals, I did also enjoy it for the sake of just learning about this amazing woman.
My only criticism is that the book tended to jump around a bit.