cover image The Stars Beckoned: Edward White’s Amazing Walk in Space

The Stars Beckoned: Edward White’s Amazing Walk in Space

Candy Wellins, illus. by Courtney Dawson. Philomel, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-593-11804-7

A bouncy rhyme scheme distinguishes this profile of Edward White, “the first American to walk in space,” on June 3, 1965. Educator Wellins employs a refrain to convey White’s lifelong fascination with the stars and hesitancy to head indoors: “ ‘Come back in.’/ He’d resist,/ but then he’d go,/ walking back.../ so slow.../ so slow.” In short, rhythmic lines, Wellins shares White’s childhood activities, including the Boy Scouts; his famous pilot father’s influence on White’s U.S. Air Force career; and his eventual work with NASA, detailed in back matter. Digital illustrations by Dawson have a cartoonish appeal; subtle airbrush textures enliven the art. Though this picture book conveys slim biographical information, it’s an introduction to a space pioneer that’s ideal for the youngest nonfiction readers. Back matter includes a historical note, timeline, and bibliography. Ages 4–8. (Apr.)