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Mae Among the Stars Hardcover – Illustrated, January 9, 2018
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From the Back Cover
Inspired by the story of Mae Jemison, the first African American woman in space.
When Little Mae was a child, she dreamed of dancing in space. She imagined herself surrounded by billions of stars floating gliding and discovering.
Follow Mae as she learns that if you can dream it and you work hard for it, anything is possible.
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The message isn’t that jobs like firefighters, teachers, stay at home moms, and nurses aren’t jobs of value. If someone says they want to be one of the above, it’s going to be taken way more seriously. Nursing is a physically and emotionally difficult job, but there are many nurses out there and many are female. There aren’t many female astronauts and there definitely wasn’t in the 70s-80s. Unfortunately this reviewer took the children’s book too personally which is a shame. As someone who used to be a teacher and is now a stay at home mom, I took no offense to it. The message is that you can do or be whoever you want to be, nothing is out of reach (& in a literal sense too, Mae traveled to space).
Mae wanted to see earth from afar even if the odds weren’t in her favor or even if no one would take her seriously. BUT, “If you can dream it, if you believe it and work hard for it, anything is possible.”
Thank you to the author for writing a lovely story about a historic woman who achieved the impossible. The story is inspiring and knowing it’s based on a true story, my daughter now has a role model she didn’t know existed before. I can’t think of a better book for my daughter, especially considering that she wants to be an astronaut herself.
Thank you to the illustrator too, the artwork is lovely.
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Gut geeignet um Kindern, die auch Diskriminierung erfahren haben, Mut zu machen, dieser Diskriminierung zu trotzen, keinen Glauben zu schenken, auch Autoritäten nicht!
Jedoch auch schön gefunden hätte ich, wenn diese Biographie ohne diese Dramaturgie erzählt würde, dass man der Protagonistin Nichts zutraute, da sie eine Schwarze ist, und sie sich darum extra anstrengen musste um es doch allen beweisen zu können, dass in ihr Großes steckt und allen, die sich dies nicht vorstellen konnten deren Irrtum zu zeigen.
Ich möchte meiner Tochter einfach erzählen können, diese Frau ist Astronautin geworden, das wollte sie schon als Kind und hat ihren Traum verwirklicht (und dabei kann sie sich anhand der Illustrationen ein Bild von dem Mädchen und der Frau machen und sich mit ihr ggf identifizieren).