Kindergarten and 1st Grade
These picture books tell the stories of a small, but plucky, mouse named Meteor who wants nothing more than to travel to outer space. The little mouse works as hard as the bigger mice to show readiness for the mission . . . and is chosen for the flight! While in space, the astronauts are busy with their mission when disaster strikes—and only the smallest member of the crew can save the day.
Anyone remember the book series Astrotiwns by Mark Kelly the astronaut? Well before writing those books, he wrote these children’s books.
I love the illustrations! As an artist, I know that the pictures tell the story just as much as the words. And I love Meteor’s cute little mouse face.
Meteor was based on an actual mouse that was on one of Mark Kelly’s space flights. The mouse was the only one who seem to enjoy the weightlessness.
Be sure to read the Afterword at the back of the book for more information about space travel.
This weeks’ Weird but True Facts about Mark Kelly’s Twin Brother, Scott Kelly
During his 340 days in space, astronaut Scott Kelly traveled 143,846,525 miles over 5,440 orbits of the Earth, ran about 648 miles on a treadmill (not all at once), drank about 193 gallons of purified urine and sweat, and temporarily grew 1.5 inches.