Friends Change the World: We Are the NASA Scientists

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Pub Date 5 Oct 2021 | Archive Date 23 Nov 2021

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This beautiful picture book tells the story of two scientists who worked together side by side to send humans into space.

Mary Jackson was super smart. She loved math and science, and she loved to learn. When Mary got a job at NASA, it was a dream come true! But this was a time when Black people were segregated from white people, and Mary had to fight hard for every opportunity.
In 1953, Mary started working alongside Kaz Czarnecki. They soon realized how much they could share and teach each other. The two were from completely different backgrounds, but it didn't matter at all—they had so much in common.
This was the beginning of a friendship that lasted for decades. Together, they worked on amazing experiments and achieved incredible things, like working to land astronauts on the moon.
Friends Change the World is a series of picture books that celebrates the power of friendship. From musical greats to sports champions, scientists and explorers to artists and activists, these are the true stories of real friends who achieved amazing things. Whether best friends since school or thrown together by a chance encounter, they supported and inspired each other to make their shared dreams come true. This charming series shows 4- to 7-year-olds how togetherness, respect, and friendship can make the world a better place.

This beautiful picture book tells the story of two scientists who worked together side by side to send humans into space.

Mary Jackson was super smart. She loved math and science, and she loved to...

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This was a fantastic little walkthrough of a revolutionary woman and a great friendship between Mary and Kaz.

Working at a time when segregation was in place, the book spreads a really important message about overcoming adversity and working for your dreams no matter the obstacles. The importance of friendship too and having support to help you fight for your cause was a heartwarming read and it’s the perfect book for children!

It was lovely to read about such a remarkable woman and I never really knew the story about Mary’s life. The pictures and illustrations are also great! A worthy addition to any little ones bookshelf.

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I thought that this was a wonderful fun story and I liked the illustrations.

The book showed how much of an impact Mary was able to make – I will admit as an adult I did know about her from previous readings but this book is a great introduction to children about this fascinating lady. She is an inspiration to all ethnicities in my view and was a pioneer in space travel. My 4-year-old daughter is space mad so she was really excited to be told that a lady helped them to land on the moon.

This is a really positive and powerful book for the short number of pages – it gives plenty to think about and discuss from equal treatments to women overall and segregation too as well as the space race. It is 5 stars from me for this one – highly recommended!

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By focussing on the strong bond between Mary Jackson and Kaz Czarnecki, this book highlights the sometimes overlooked scientists who were vital to the space programme. They overcame their own challenges to work on important projects that they were passionate about and not only succeeded in, but they influenced generations of people to grab hold of their dreams.

A charming book that shines a light on heroes that deserve more recognition.

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