Astronauts Are Sleeping by Natalie Standiford

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Illustrated in full color. Inspired by a description of astronauts asleep aboard the Space Shuttle, Astronauts are Sleeping is a bedtime book that is at once a reverie and a visual tour de force. A bright, eager voice describes three sleeping astronauts whizzing around the earth in a space capsule and asks the thought-provoking question "What do the astronauts see in their dreams?" Magnificent pastels by Allen Garns show planets that are breathtaking, astronauts who are alive, and a galaxy that is lush, deeply textured, and beautiful to look at. And happily, readers do discover what the astronauts are seeing in their dreams: they are seeing their homes on earth and memories of their happy childhoods.  
 

About Natalie Standiford

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Natalie Standiford does not speak fluent Robot, but she knows Maryland like the back of her hand, having grown up there and coming from a long line of Marylanders. How to Say Goodbye in Robot is her first novel for Scholastic Press. She lives in New York City. Garns is a freelance illustrator.
 
Published November 12, 1996 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 30 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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This prose poem journey through outer space, with sumptuous pastel illustrations, serves as a smart introduction to the heavenly reaches.

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In hushed, poetic phrases, Standiford (The Bravest Dog Ever: The Story of Balto) muses on what a trio of astronauts might see in their dreams (""Are they dreaming of the stars,/ Monstrous fires in blackest ink/ Clustered into galaxies?""), settling finally on visions of their childhoods on earth-...

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