Ron's Big Mission
Rose Blue (A), Corinne Nadine (A) and Don Tate (ILT)
List Price: $17.99 (Hardcover - Astronaut / Activist / Ron McNair /Reading Rights and Freedoms- 2009)
Description:Nine-year-old Ron loves going to the Lake City Public Library to look through all the books on airplanes and flight. Today, Ron is ready to take out books by himself. But in the segregated world of South Carolina in the 1950s, Rons obtaining his own library card is not just a small rite of passage-it is a young mans first courageous mission. Here is an inspiring story, based on Ron McNairs life, of how a little boy, future scientist, and Challenger astronaut desegregated his library through peaceful resistance.
Ron McNair said, "I was at the library so often as a child that my mother sometimes joked I lived there. In truth, my visits were brief. I would run in, snatch the books I wanted from the shelf, cram them into an overflowing book bag, and head for home (often with a book open in-hand as I walked). There I would find a quiet place to enjoy my selections at my own pace." (32 pgs) Ages 4-8.
Ashay says, "I like this book for several reasons. It is a story full of important lessons, that really happened to Ron McNair, the second African American astronaut. And I might add, that he is so well deserving of such a wonderful childrens book. He was one of seven astronauts killed in the Challenger space shuttle accident in 1986. He was a very bright young man and he had also earned several doctorate degrees and was a musician. Ron McNair was definitely a reader and a leader. I also like the themes in the story, his interest in reading and his demanding his rights and freedom to read. Totally inspiring. Must have for the library and the classroom!"
Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.8 x 0.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces