‘I love that the story starts with Ellie as a little girl learning to sew, making it relatable for children who have dreams and passions of their own. I also really like that there are facts dotted through the story and also at the beginning and end of the book, grounding the story in reality. It’s an aspect of the space race that I had never even considered before and learning about the work that went into designing the spacesuits was really interesting.
I also really like the illustrations, which capture the sixties style brilliantly and – forgive the pun – weave together aspects of tailoring and engineering beautifully. I love the facial expressions on the characters too – Ellie’s expression exudes warmth and really draws you to her, and I loved the slightly cross-eyed astronaut after testing out a rival suit!!
I’d really recommend this book for older preschoolers and younger school-age children who have an interest in space, a creative streak or even just a particular passion that they dream of pursuing as they grow up. It’s a really inspiring story of how small dreams can grow in unexpected ways, and how you can be part of something much bigger than yourself with hard work and determination.’
Thanks, Bec – another thoughtful review!