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Fly High, John Glenn: The Story of an American Hero

Written by Kathleen Krull and illustrated by Maurizio A.C. Quarello
Published by HarperCollins
$18.99
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Target Age
48
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The inspiring, deeply patriotic true story of John Glenn, a true hero who not only changed America’s contribution to space exploration but also spent his life proudly serving his country in many ways.

This is a gorgeous picture book to introduce younger readers to John Glenn, from award-winning author Kathleen Krull and illustrator Maurizio A. C. Quarello.

John Glenn wasn’t just the first American to orbit Earth. He was a family man, a soldier, a United States senator, and a national hero. He laid the groundwork for future star voyagers—and dreamers—everywhere.

From the time he was a child, John Glenn loved flying. Later he did so by flying airplanes for the U.S. military, and then when space travel became a possibility, he trained for years to become an astronaut. John had to push his mind and body to the brink.

But he loved his country more than anything and wanted to serve—including flying into the great unknown.

What Kind of Book is Fly High, John Glenn: The Story of an American Hero

Quotes from This Book

  • "But John never doubted his mission for a minute. More than ever, all he wanted to do was fly."
  • "Remember, I'm just going down to the corner drugstore to get a pack of gum."

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • John realized from an early age that he loved to fly and wanted to become a pilot. What interests have you recognized in your young reader that you can support and encourage?

  • John recognized that his experience traveling to space was the result of work done by many, many people, and he always tried to remind people of that. How do you feel when others recognize and praise your hard work?

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Who Wrote Fly High, John Glenn: The Story of an American Hero

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Kathleen Krull

Kathleen Krull is the award-winning author of many books for children and young adults. She lives in San Diego, CA. Visit Kathleen online at www.kathleenkrull.com.

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Who Illustrated Fly High, John Glenn: The Story of an American Hero

illustrator
Maurizio A.C. Quarello

Maurizio A. C. Quarello is an award-winning illustrator who has published more than fifty children’s books. He is an illustration teacher at the Academy of Fine Arts in Macerata, Italy, where he lives.

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What Do Critics Say About This Book

  • Kirkus Reviews

    “This lively and informative selection presents a thorough overview of Glenn’s life . . . and flight at age 77 as the oldest man to fly in space.”

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Book Details

ISBN 10:
0062747142
ISBN 13:
9780062747143
Publication Date:
February 4, 2020
Illustration Details:
The artist used oil paints to create the illustrations for this book.