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Always Looking Up: Nancy Grace Roman, Astronomer

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This empowering picture book biography tells the story of Nancy Grace Roman, the astronomer who overcame obstacles like weak eyesight and teachers who discouraged women from pursuing astronomy to lead the NASA team that built the Hubble Space Telescope. A testament to women in scientific careers and a record of an important NASA milestone.


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This empowering picture book biography tells the story of Nancy Grace Roman, the astronomer who overcame obstacles like weak eyesight and teachers who discouraged women from pursuing astronomy to lead the NASA team that built the Hubble Space Telescope. A testament to women in scientific careers and a record of an important NASA milestone.

44 review for Always Looking Up: Nancy Grace Roman, Astronomer

  1. 5 out of 5

    Amber Webb

    Thank you to the author and publisher for providing an ARC for #bookexcursion to review. A great nonfiction girl power book that reminds girls to go for what they believe in regardless of what the crowd says.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lorie Barber

    Empowering biography PB about astronomer Nancy Grace Roman. Her perseverance - despite being a woman in a male-dominated field - shines through. Space lovers will enjoy this book, which would pair nicely with Counting on Katherine.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Smith

    I felt so lucky to get to review this book by one of my favorite picture book authors, Laura Gehl. If you haven’t read My Pillow Keeps Moving or I Got A Chicken For My Birthday you will certainly want to pick up a copy. I’m going to have to admit that distance to the stars, reaching the moon, creating the space station, and much more all seem like science fiction to me. My lack of knowledge in this field makes it difficult for me to comprehend the vastness of space and people’s dreams to explore I felt so lucky to get to review this book by one of my favorite picture book authors, Laura Gehl. If you haven’t read My Pillow Keeps Moving or I Got A Chicken For My Birthday you will certainly want to pick up a copy. I’m going to have to admit that distance to the stars, reaching the moon, creating the space station, and much more all seem like science fiction to me. My lack of knowledge in this field makes it difficult for me to comprehend the vastness of space and people’s dreams to explore it. With that being said, this book on Nancy Grace Roman could possibly be in the wrong hands. However, I will readily admit that the text and illustrations caught my attention immediately. My heart didn’t race and I didn’t search for my solar eclipse glasses. The beautiful book, starting with the cover, captured my curiosity. Who was Nancy Grace Roman? I learned that from an early age she loved space and everything related to it. She overcame weak eyesight and pushed past those who discouraged her from entering the male-dominated field of science and astronomy. Undeterred the young girl followed her dream and eventually went on to graduate school, always learning and searching for new information and answers to the universe’s many questions. As she grew in prominence Nancy Grace jumped at the opportunity to be the chief of astronomy at NASA. In time, she became known as the “Mother of Hubble,” referring to the Hubble Telescope. The back matter of this delightful book includes more biographical information about Nancy Grace in the way of an Author’s Note and a timeline of space events. My thanks to Laura Gehl and Albert Whitman for the opportunity to read and review this ARC. The thoughts and opinions offered are not in any way altered by receiving the review copy. My Concerns: Absolutely no concerns. What I Liked Best: As I mentioned earlier, the text and illustrations flow together to make this book a work of art. Elementary teachers, librarians, and parents, this is a STEM book you will certainly want to consider adding to your library. And folks, this book passed the test of pleasing, no, very much pleasing a reader who shies away from the big unknown universe. My thoughts: “Try it! You’ll like it!” more reviews at https://pickagoodbook.com

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sara Magnafichi

    Thank you to Albert Whitman and Company for providing #collabookation a copy of Always Looking Up: Nancy Grace Roman, Astronomer by Laura Gehl, illustrated by Louise Pigott and Alex Oxton. This is a beautiful narrative nonfiction picture book about Nancy Grace, “Mother of Hubble” and her journey to becoming an astronomer in a world where women didn’t go into fields of science. Through Nancy’s perseverance, and love of stars, and all things having to do with astronomy, she created the Hubble Thank you to Albert Whitman and Company for providing #collabookation a copy of Always Looking Up: Nancy Grace Roman, Astronomer by Laura Gehl, illustrated by Louise Pigott and Alex Oxton. This is a beautiful narrative nonfiction picture book about Nancy Grace, “Mother of Hubble” and her journey to becoming an astronomer in a world where women didn’t go into fields of science. Through Nancy’s perseverance, and love of stars, and all things having to do with astronomy, she created the Hubble Space Telescope, forever changing how the world sees planets, stars, and black holes. Be sure to read the back matter of this wonderful story. The back matter includes more biographical information about Nancy Grace, as well as a great timeline of space events that have taken place. Great for anyone who loves space or biographies!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Katie Reilley

    Thank you to the author and publisher for sharing an ARC with our #bookexpedition group! This amazing narrative nonfiction picture book shares the biography of astronomer Nancy Grace Roman through beautiful words and stunning illustrations. Nancy Grace overcame obstacles such as poor eyesight and adults in her life that told her that studying science “wasn’t ladylike” to become a pioneer in the field of astronomy, eventually being part of the team that designed the Hubble Telescope. Excellent Thank you to the author and publisher for sharing an ARC with our #bookexpedition group! This amazing narrative nonfiction picture book shares the biography of astronomer Nancy Grace Roman through beautiful words and stunning illustrations. Nancy Grace overcame obstacles such as poor eyesight and adults in her life that told her that studying science “wasn’t ladylike” to become a pioneer in the field of astronomy, eventually being part of the team that designed the Hubble Telescope. Excellent back matter, including a timeline of that includes information on Nancy Grace’s life as well as important events in space history. With the theme of perseverance, this is a picture book preorder. Publishes 10/1/19.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rose

    Young readers will relate to Nancy Grace Roman’s curiosity, wonder, and determination to overcome poor eyesight and discouragement from those who thought women should not follow scientific pursuits. Nancy Grace achieves her goal of becoming an astronomer, but as the author, Laura Gehl, points out, “…this was only the beginning.” Nancy Grace’s vast accomplishments, like the universe, are far-reaching and significant to everyone.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kirsti Call

    Beautiful story of persistence and discovery.

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    Ilse O'Brien

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