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The astronaut who painted the moon : the true story of Alan Bean

Robbins, Dean 1957- (author.). Rubin, Sean, 1986- (illustrator.).

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  • 23 of 26 copies available at Bibliomation. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Silas Bronson Library.

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1 current hold with 26 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Silas Bronson Library - Waterbury JB BEAN, A ROB (Text to phone) 34005100438687 Juvenile Biography Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 1338259539
  • ISBN: 9781338259537 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 9781338259537 : SAL
  • ISBN: 1338259539 : SAL
  • ISBN: 9781338259537 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 1338259539 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: print
    1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 31 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Orchard Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2019.
  • Badges:
    • Top Holds Over Last 5 Years: 2 / 5.0

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (page [38]).
Summary, etc.: "Journey to the Moon on the Apollo 12 mission with astronaut and artist Alan Bean! 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."--Provided by publisher.
Target Audience Note:
Ages 4-6.
K to grade 3.
Awards Note:
Charter Oak Children’s Book Award (COCBA) Nominee, 2019-2020.
Subject: Bean, Alan 1932-2018 Juvenile literature
Apollo 12 (Spacecraft) Juvenile literature
Project Apollo (U.S.) Juvenile literature
Bean, Alan 1932-2018
Project Apollo (U.S.).
Astronauts United States Biography Juvenile literature
Space flight to the moon Juvenile literature
Astronauts as artists Juvenile literature
Astronautics in art Juvenile literature
Moon In art Juvenile literature
Astronauts
Space flight to the moon
Moon In art
Genre: Biographies.
Informational works.
Picture books.

Syndetic Solutions - Publishers Weekly Review for ISBN Number 1338259539
The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon : The True Story of Alan Bean
The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon : The True Story of Alan Bean
by Robbins, Dean; Rubin, Sean (Illustrator)
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The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon : The True Story of Alan Bean

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Robbins introduces Alan Bean, the Apollo 12 astronaut who painted his experience of walking on the moon. Working in an approachable, cartoony art style, Rubin depicts Bean as a boy dreaming of learning to fly, then as a navy pilot and budding painter: "His flowers didn't look exactly real, but he didn't want them to. They were brighter and bolder than real ones." Bean's powerful experience of walking on the moon would inspire many of the expressionistic paintings he later created: "how stunning outer space looked through his eyes." Robbins provides an intriguing look into how some math- and science-based experiences can best be communicated with art. Detailed back matter features photos, images of Bean's painting, and a timeline of the Space Race. Ages 4-8. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Syndetic Solutions - BookList Review for ISBN Number 1338259539
The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon : The True Story of Alan Bean
The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon : The True Story of Alan Bean
by Robbins, Dean; Rubin, Sean (Illustrator)
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Alan Bean was both a member of the Apollo 12 team and an artist; this picture book tells how he brought his passions together and shared them with the world. The book opens with the exciting launch of the mission, during which Bean became one of the few humans who has walked on the moon, before it flashes back to the childhood dreams that brought him there. Much of his life after the mission was spent creating art to convey his experience. Author Robbins collaborated in his storytelling with Bean, who, before his death in 2018, approved the manuscript and made his original art available to the project. Rubin's accompanying illustrations are fantastic, created by graphite on board with frequent and skillful use of crosshatching and digitally colored on wide pages. He takes some artistic license (especially with the somewhat fantastical cover) and explains that he was trying to convey feelings and impressions more than exact depictions, just as his subject did in his own paintings. The back matter is strong, comprising source notes, a time line, and a fascinating comparison of space photographs and Bean's interpretation of the same scene. As the story of the only artist ever to see the moon up close, this is a standout among titles that blend art and science, and it reflects the best aims of STEAM.--Andrew Medlar Copyright 2019 Booklist

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