Astronauts Zoom!: An Astronaut Alphabet

Persnickety. Sept. 2020. 36p. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781943978502.
PreS-Gr 1–This picture book offers a wonderful opportunity for the youngest readers to develop verbal language. Plentiful photographs depict astronauts aboard a space station conducting a variety of tasks, which will allow early language learners to ask questions and engage in discussion. Each page contains a different letter showcasing various activities. Some tasks are serious and some are scientific; some are funny and some are surprising, like astronauts playing guitars in space. The featured astronauts include men and women and showcase individuals of many races and backgrounds. The language is simple enough to keep the youngest readers interested, but the engaging vocabulary will help facilitate language development. The author’s notes also provide additional information. This title could be a strong introduction to space travel or serve as a mentor text for young writers to create their own ABC book.
VERDICT A good choice for lower elementary libraries. Children will enjoy learning about astronauts to practice their language skills.

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