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Ellen Takes Flight: The Life of Astronaut Ellen Ochoa

Young Ellen Ochoa loved to learn. Encouraged by her mother, she graduated at the top of her high school and college classes, and studied electrical engineering in graduate school. An accomplished engineer by age 30, with three patents to her name, she kept learning and trying new things. When NASA began accepting women and people of color to the astronaut program, Ellen found herself drawn to this exciting and demanding career.

On her first mission, she was the only woman aboard the shuttle Discovery and the first Latina to reach outer space. After four space flights, she became the first Latina director of the Johnson Space Center and has received numerous distinctions and awards! This addition to the award-winning Big Words biography series celebrates a STEM pioneer known for her brilliance, persistence, and an intellectual curiosity as infinite as the stars. With dynamic illustrations by Oliver Dominguez, Doreen Rappaport’s richly detailed narrative — punctuated with standout quotes from Ellen herself — will inspire a new generation to unravel the mysteries of the universe.

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"The writing is excellent: Essential aspects of astronaut qualifications, training, and experience are described in clear detail, such as the feeling of G-force at takeoff. Brief quotations in a red font let us hear Ellen’s voice. The presence of her flute in both text and images reflects the importance of music to her. Brilliant, sure-handed gouache illustrations add even more vivid life to the well-paced text.... A book sure to fly off shelves and into children’s hands." — Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

Recommended Age 6 - 9
Author Doreen Rappaport
Illustrator Oliver Dominguez
ISBN 0759554943
Publication Date Sep 19, 2023
Publisher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Language English