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“Being the smallest isn’t a bad thing,” Meteor says to himself. “Maybe I can be useful on this flight.” —Mousetronaut
by Mark Kelly
AR Test, Picture Book
4 - 8
A group of astronauts and a group of mice have all been working hard to prepare for a space mission. Since he is the smallest mouse, Meteor doesn’t think he’ll be chosen to go on the mission, but the shuttle commander has noticed Meteor’s hard work and chooses him to go. Meteor is one of six mice to lift off into space. When the astronauts have a problem, can Meteor help save the day?
Younger readers will love the story of a little mouse. The story reinforces the idea that hard work pays off. The astronauts recognize Meteor’s hard work and positive attitude. In the end, the smallest mouse is able to save the day. Throughout the story, readers will learn about life on a space shuttle.
The realistic colored illustrations show the day-to-day life of an astronaut. Meteor’s facial expressions are adorable and will help readers recognize emotion. The illustrations also show a diverse group of people. Two of the astronauts are Caucasian, one is Asian, and one is a woman. There are several group scenes where characters of different races are included.
Even though Mousetronaut is a picture book, the story is intended to be read aloud to a child, rather than for a child to read it for the first time independently. Most pages contain 2-4 sentences, which makes the story a quick read and an excellent bedtime story. The story will inspire readers to learn more about space. The second story in the series Mousetronaut Goes to Mars is even better than the first book. Astronauts + space + a little mouse = an out-of-this-world story.
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