Mae Among the Stars

Book review by Jan Carr, Common Sense Media
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Simple bio of first African American female astronaut.

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Simple yet powerful introduction to an often taboo subject for young kids...racism

In a simple phrase, Mae's white teacher tells her she should consider a profession like nursing, versus following her dream of becoming an astronaut. This is a subtle message that conveys a deeply racist belief of Mae's time...that little black girls could not become anything but what white people believed was appropriate for them. Despite that, Mae went on to follow her dream as her parent's supported her. A great book to introduce your children to social injustice and teach them that these behaviors and beliefs still exist today. If you want to illustrate racism and privilege to your child, this book will allow you to have a very thoughtful discussion.

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