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Dean Robbins - Astronaut Who Painted the Moon, The

Astronaut Who Painted the Moon, The

The True Story of Alan Bean

Author: Dean Robbins; Illustrator: Sean Rubin

  • AGES 4 - 8 
  • Genre Biography and Autobiography
As a boy, Alan wanted to fly planes. As a young navy pilot, Alan wished he could paint the view from the cockpit. So he took an art class to learn patterns and forms. But no class could prepare him for the beauty of the lunar surface some 240,000 miles from Earth. In 1969, Alan became the fourth man and first artist on the moon. He took dozens of pictures, but none compared to what he saw through his artistic eyes. When he returned to Earth, he began to paint what he saw. Alan's paintings allowed humanity to experience what it truly felt like to walk on the moon. Journalist and storyteller Dean Robbins's tale of this extraordinary astronaut is masterful, and artist Sean Rubin's illustrations are whimsical and unexpected. With back matter that includes photos of the NASA mission, images of Alan's paintings, and a timeline of lunar space travel, this is one adventure readers won't want to miss!

Endorsements

 

★ “Inspiring.”

- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

 

★ “Fantastic…A standout among titles that blend art and science, and it reflects the best aims of STEAM.”

- Booklist, starred review

 

“Rubin’s illustrations…splash the lunar surface with pops of vivid color.”

- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books