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The Boy Who Touched the Stars / El Niño Que Alcanzó las Estrellas

By Monica Encarnacion, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Inspiring memoir of migrants' son who became astronaut.

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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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