Growing up in the 1920s on a dirt-poor farm in North Dakota, Mary Sherman's life was filled with chores — until she finally began school and discovered she loved to learn. Mary excelled at science, especially chemistry, and leaped at the chance to work in a laboratory during World War II designing rocket fuels. And when the US decided to enter the space race, Mary was chosen over her male colleagues to create the fuel to launch a rocket carrying America's first satellite.
This inspirational picture book tells the story of Mary Sherman, the world's first female rocket scientist, who overcame gender barriers and many failures to succeed. With courage and perseverance, Mary's hard work and calculations opened up a brand-new frontier for exploration. With lively illustrations that capture the curiosity and drive of its subject, this STEM biography of an unsung and courageous woman in science will inspire and motivate young readers.
"Slade ably details Sherman Morgan’s quest to determine which combination of fuels would provide the stability and energy to propel the rocket into space.... Comport’s lively illustrations — rendered using color pencil, traditional collage, digital collage, and digital paint — combine dramatic perspectives, facsimiles of space-race ephemera, and collaged STEM equations, enhancing Slade’s spry narrative. Excellent backmatter includes an author’s note in which Slade acknowledges her creative use of “known facts” to plug research gaps.... A respectful, important tribute to an instrumental rocket scientist." — Kirkus Reviews
|5 - 9
|Sally W. Comport
|Apr 12, 2022