From Farmworker To Astronaut / De Campesino A Astronauta

ISBN-10: 1558858687
ISBN-13: 9781558858688
Author: Hernandez, Jose M.
Interest Level: 4-9
Publisher: Arte Publico Press

Publication Date: October 2019

Copyright: 2019

Page Count: 170

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Interest Level

Grades 4-9

Reading Level

Lexile: 1040L

BISAC Subjects

JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Cultural Heritage

JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Science & Technology

JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places / United States / Hispanic & Latino

"Ten-year-old Jos e M. Hern andez watched the Apollo 17 moonwalks on his family's black and white television in 1972 and knew what he wanted to be when he grew up: an astronaut. Later that night he told his father and was surprised when his dad said, "You can do this, m'ijo!" Mr. Hern andez told his son that if he really wanted to become an astronaut, he would need to follow a simple, five-ingredient recipe to succeed: 1) decide what you want, 2) recognize how far you are from your goal, 3) draw a road map to get there, 4) prepare yourself with a good education and 5) develop a good work ethic, always giving more than required. In the years to come, Jos e would follow this recipe as he obtained undergraduate and master's degrees in electrical engineering. Adding his own ingredient, perseverance, he applied to NASA's astronaut program eleven times-and was rejected each time! Finally, in 2004, he was selected to be part of the 19th class of US Astronauts. He achieved his dream in 2009 when he served as theflight engineer on the Space Shuttle Discovery on the STS-128 fourteen-day mission to the International Space Station. In From Farmworker to Astronaut, Jos e M. Hern andez recollects his parallel journeys, juxtaposing memories of his mission to the spacestation and childhood aspirations to reach the stars. His story is sure to motivate kids to set goals and reach for their own dreams"--
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