Fly High, John Glenn
This is a gorgeous picture book to introduce younger readers to John Glenn, from award-winning author Kathleen Krull and illustrator Maurizio A. C. Quarello.
John Glenn wasn’t just the first American to orbit Earth. He was a family man, a soldier, a United States senator, and a national hero. He laid the groundwork for future star voyagers—and dreamers—everywhere.
From the time he was a child, John Glenn loved flying. Later he did so by flying airplanes for the U.S. military, and then when space travel became a possibility, he trained for years to become an astronaut. John had to push his mind and body to the brink.
But he loved his country more than anything and wanted to serve—including flying into the great unknown.
John Glenn is unlike any other public figure before or after him. His story isn't simply a man rising through the ranks to eventually leave the earth behind. It's a love story at its simplest roots. A love for flying. A love for his country. A love for his wife.
This book perfectly captures him from his earliest dreams of flying in his small Ohio town to his extraordinary exploits both in space and in his marriage. Through beautiful pictures and wonderfully crafted words, we learn new things about the man everyone thinks they know. It's a joy that younger readers have such a book to discover him. The book claims to be for ages 4-8, but 4 is on the young end for the length of this book. 6-10 would be more accurate, but the kids who are old enough will love it.
Final Verdict: A book worthy of the man is is written about.