Welcome back to the Kid Lit Blog Hop #41
We have just returned after a wonderful visit to my home city. Of course, I visited the local library I grew up in, which I may have mentioned before, has the best selection of picture books.
Laika The Astronaut by Own Davey:
Laika was a stray dog wandering the streets of Moscow
She was lonely and she wished for a family to love her.
Someone took her in, but not for the purpose Laika wished for.
Some Astronauts had a very special job for her.
Laika trained hard until it was time for her mission.
She blasted off into space with the world watching.
She zoomed around the Earth, until something went wrong.
The world thought Laika was lost.
She was one brave dog, that paved the way for space travel.
As no one knows what happened to the little dog in the space ship, the author has chosen his own adventurous and happy ending, he he, but I am not going to tell you what it is. You will have to read it.
The first thing you notice about this book is the fantastic and unique illustrations.
Mostly done in shades of gold, greens and red, which gives it a distinct and eye pleasing journey back to that era. We have read another one of Own Davey's books, and we very much enjoyed the tale, as well as the delightful illustrations. I think we are fast becoming fans.
You can't help but fall in love with little Laika. We spied this one in the library, and as I am naturally drawn to all things space, and so is my little G, we agree that we must have this one in our home collection.
The end pages have a note about the origin of the story.
On November 3 1957 we learn that Laika was the first animal to orbit the Earth in the Sputnik 2.
Just a few hours later all communication was lost. I did not realise that it was actually really a non fiction story, with a fictional ending until I read the authors notes, but I was not disappointed. I choose to believe that Laika is forever the adventurer that Owen Davey paints.
HAPPY HOPPING FOLKS!
HAPPY HOPPING FOLKS!
Welcome to the 41st Kid Lit Blog Hop where twice per month (the 1st and 3rd Wednesday) we continue to develop a dynamic and engaged community of children's books bloggers, authors, publishers, and publicists. So, you are always more than welcome to join us by popping in a post and hopping around to meet some of your fellow Kid Lit bloggers and authors! We'd like to welcome our co-hosts for this week: a daughter and Mom team, Julie and Elizabeth, who are behind the blog, Emma's Owl as well as The Owl Books. Welcome Julie and Elizabeth!
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