A picture-book biography on science superstar Neil deGrasse Tyson, the groundbreaking American astrophysicist whose work has inspired a generation of young scientists and astronomers to reach for the stars! Perfect for STEM curricula and readers of all ages.
Young Neil deGrasse Tyson was starstruck when he first visited the sky theater at the Hayden Planetarium in New York City. He couldn't believe the crowded, glittering night sky at the planetarium was real--until a visit to the country years later revealed the impossible.
That discovery was like rocket fuel for Neil's passion about space. His quest for knowledge took him from the roof of his apartment building to a science expedition in northwest Africa, to a summer astronomy camp beneath a desert sky, and finally back home to become the director of the Hayden Planetarium, where it all began. Before long, Neil became America's favorite guide to the cosmos.
This story of how one boy's quest for knowledge about space leads him to become a star scientist is perfect for young readers who are fascinated by the universe, aspiring scientists, and the dreamer in all of us. It will ignite your own sense of wonder.
Growing up in the Bronx, Neil deGrasse Tyson rarely saw more than a sprinkling of stars until he visited the Hayden Planetarium in Manhattan. In this affectionate biography, married coauthors Krull and Brewer describe Tyson's growing fascination with the cosmos as he takes a trip out of the city, where the stars are marvelously visible. He walked dogs to raise money for a telescope that neighbors sometimes mistook for a rifle: "When police officers stopped by, he would offer them the view from his telescope." Krull and Brewer note milestones in Tyson's career: earning his advanced degree in astrophysics, taking a job at the Hayden Planetarium, and appearing for the first time on television. Morrison works in a playful art style that expressively conveys Tyson's personality and physical likeness (he appears dressed in his signature starry vests). This uplifting biography captures its subject's relatability, natural curiosity, and infectious enthusiasm for science. Ages 4 8.