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Maria's Comet

Maria's wish burns as brightly as a star.

Maria longs to be an astronomer and imagines all the strange worlds she can travel to by looking though her papa's telescope. One night Maria gets her chance to look through the telescope. For the first time, she sees the night sky stretching endlessly above her, and her dream of exploring constellations seems close enough to touch.

In this story, inspired by the life of Maria Mitchell, America's first woman astronomer, "viewers will find the cobalt-blue nights, lit with constellations that make imaginary (and actual) pictures in the sky, every bit as attractive as Maria does."

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"The construct of childhood dreams leading to adult achievement is appealing, as is the portrait of a strong, likable girl knowing her own mind." -- School Library Journal

Product Details

Recommended Age 4 - 8
Author Deborah Hopkinson
Illustrator Deborah Lanino
ISBN 0689856784
Publication Date Feb 1, 2003
Publisher Aladdin
Language English