Book number 1 is done. I Love You, Micheal Collins by Lauren Baratz-Logsted is a Grade 4-6 2021 Connecticut Nutmeg Book nominee
Mamie's story takes place in 1969 when the Apollo 11 team was heading to the moon. Mamie chooses Michael Collins as her favorite astronaut and begins to write letters to him. The letters form a diary, detailing her life from the everyday things to the relationships within her family and best friend Buster.
This is realistic fiction book first, but also a historical fiction book. There is information on the NASA space program and the Moon landing. There are also cultural references to the time period that include women (stay at home moms, working women), music (Rolling stones versus Beatles) and society expectations. All done to set the time and frame the world when Mamie was experiencing this story.
I enjoyed Mamie's story and wanted to know how everything turned out for her and her family. I also wanted to know if Michael Collins ever wrote back.
I am a PK-6 grade Libary Media Specialist. I LOVE being a librarian, I LOVE reading (now) and I LOVE my students. I am also a wife, mom daughter, aunt and friend; all roles I enjoy thoroughly. I love to laugh try to find the humor in even the darkest moments.