A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Kids learn what it takes to become an astronaut and a bit about the type of work that astronauts do.
Work hard, reach for the stars, never give up!
Positive Role Models
Story is based on life of former astronaut José M. Hernández, a U.S.-born son of migrant farmworkers who, despite challenges and disappointments, achieved his lifelong dream of becoming an astronaut.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Boy Who Touched the Stars / El Niño Que Alcanzó las Estrellas, by José M. Hernández, is an inspiring English/Spanish memoir of a United States-born son of migrant farmworkers who dreamed of becoming an astronaut. Each page is beautifully illustrated by Steven James Petruccio and tells the story of how the author achieved his dream through dedication, hard work, and perseverance.
Is It Any Good?
Author José M. Hernández's inspirational story captures the important, life-changing power of having a goal and the will to achieve it. Hernández's descriptive narrative beautifully tells his childhood story of working the fields of California's Central Valley with his family by day and staring up at the stars by night, dreaming up the impossible dream: to become an astronaut. Steven James Petruccio's colorful, detailed illustrations bring this amazing adventure to life. The Boy Who Touched the Stars / El Niño Que Alcanzó las Estrellas is an excellent story for kids and families to read together in two languages. Hernández closes his story by encouraging young kids to pursue their own dreams and asking young readers, "Which stars do you want to touch?"
At the end of the book, you'll also find brief bios in Spanish and English for both Hernández and Petruccio.
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