Sally Ride: Life On A Mission
Aladdin, 2014 (2014)
Reviewed by Jessica Maguire
s most of us know, Sally Ride was a pioneer of women in the NASA Space Program. But did you know that she was a nationally ranked tennis player in her youth? Or that her love of Shakespeare and science led her to a double major of English and physics at Stanford University?
rade school aged readers will enjoy this chapter book focusing mainly on the career of this talented and interesting woman. Whether for pleasure or a report for school, your young reader will not only learn about Ms. Ride but will also learn about the space program and other key people, both men and women, involved in NASA.
hroughout the book there are little snippets of information ranging from why Sally chose to pursue a career in science to information about NASA and its space shuttles, and timelines of women's rights. The book concludes with information helpful to those doing reports: a timeline of Sally's life, plenty of sources for further study, and even a list of all of the children's books that she has written.
lthough this book is supposed to be a biography of Sally Ride, a good portion is spent discussing other people and technical aspects of NASA. Granted, these people and events were influential in this astronaut's life. However, I would have liked to have read more about the personal aspects of this interesting and private woman.
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