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Ron's Big Mission Hardcover – January 22, 2009
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Based loosely on actual events in the childhood of Ron McNair, Ron's Big Mission can inspire children to dream big about their future goals and also think about how they can, in big or small ways, work toward social justice in their community. The name Ron McNair is familiar to many, as Ron grew up to become the talented scientist and astronaut who, sadly, perished in the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger shortly after take-off in 1986. This background adds an even deeper layer of poignancy and meaning to the powerful story.
I do not agree with the two one-star reviews here who state that children shouldn't be exposed to the issue of skin color because it isn't relevant anymore. If only that were true! Racism is still alive and well and children need to know from a young age that any kind of discrimination on the basis of skin color, or anything arbitrary, is wrong and "unfair." If the proper lessons are not taught at a young age, the wrong lessons may be "taught" to kids when they grow up from sources that parents would never want their kids to get their values from. I therefore recommend this book as highly as possible.
My son brought this home from school today. What a great book! Even the older girls came in to listen. This spurred a short discussion on history, race, and the Challenger accident.
It was well written, easy to read, engaging, and very well illustrated.
The reason I give it 4 and not 5 is because I think some people may feel that the way that Ron choose to make a scene in the library as not a good example for young children. However, I simply explained to my children why he did this and why they do not need to do this themselves.
I highly recommend this book.
Skin color WAS a big issue at that time in America and in Ron McNair's life, even though it is far less of an issue now.
I love this book for the illustrations, the sense of mission, and that little boy's courage, because it would take guts to stand there and not cry.
Parents should pre-read. Parents are the best judge of material for their children.
Another interesting book is More Than Anything Else, about Booker T. Washington's pursuit of reading. More Than Anything Else
Also Richard Wright and the Library Card. Richard Wright and the Library Card
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read this to my Kindergarten class around the MLK holiday. They really enjoyed it and I noticed a lot of discussion on it for days after.Published 4 months ago by Brock68
This book can be a wonderful, age-appropriate way to introduce some of the issues of race disparity and struggle in our past, which is part of the backdrop of such issues today. Read morePublished 5 months ago by HNR
Great book for children to see that you can achieve success in spite of obstacles.Published 5 months ago by Ines Taylor
Enjoyed reading this book to my kindergarten class. Developed many lessons!Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
True events get kids to thinking...hey, that could be me making a difference!Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
This continues to be one of our favorite books. I first read it to my son when he was 4 years old and now he is almost 7 and we still love it. Read morePublished 7 months ago by R. Dangermond
It's Ok to say Black but it is not ok to whitewash the story. The end of this book makes the librarian an ally, a friend, a champion of a Black kid, Ron McNair, to use the public... Read morePublished 8 months ago by upstate reader
Beautiful children's book. Well written, lovely illustrations. Arrived on time and in excellent condition.Published 14 months ago by Amy Taylor