The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon: The True Story of Alan Bean

The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon: The True Story of Alan Bean
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May 28, 2019
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As a boy, Alan wanted to fly planes. As a young navy pilot, Alan wished he could paint the view from the cockpit. So he took an art class to learn patterns and forms. But no class could prepare him for the beauty of the lunar surface some 240,000 miles from Earth. In 1969, Alan became the fourth man and first artist on the moon. He took dozens of pictures, but none compared to what he saw through his artistic eyes. When he returned to Earth, he began to paint what he saw. Alan's paintings allowed humanity to experience what it truly felt like to walk on the moon. Journalist and storyteller Dean Robbins's tale of this extraordinary astronaut is masterful, and artist Sean Rubin's illustrations are whimsical and unexpected. With back matter that includes photos of the NASA mission, images of Alan's paintings, and a timeline of lunar space travel, this is one adventure readers won't want to miss!

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great exploration of science and art in this true story!
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THE ASTRONAUT WHO PAINTED THE MOON is the true story of Alan Bean, the fourth man to walk on the moon. He had always wanted to be a pilot, and when the opportunity came, he became an astronaut. He took pictures of what he saw on the moon, but they did not match up to what he felt. Thus, when he returned he painted the moon for others to experience.

Most of the book details the history and story in an approachable way for young readers. The end of the book includes a timeline of space travel, photos of the moon, and some of the paintings that adds some appeal for older readers who may want to delve a little deeper.

What I loved: This interesting story adds some interest for combining the sciences and art, placing them together in historical context. Thus, the book has appeal to a broad audience. The story is very approachable for older preschoolers through elementary schoolers, giving a great overview of his life and work. The illustrations include a lot of color and detail that will be fantastic for older readers. There is a lot to see and experience in the book! The added back information also adds to the broad appeal.

Final verdict: Science and art meet beautifully in this true story about Alan Bean, astronaut and painter, who brought his visit to the moon to life in his artwork. Highly recommend for children who love science, art, and/or history in the elementary school-aged crowd.
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