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The Darkest Dark

by Chris Hadfield, Kate Fillion

Other authors: Eric Fan (Illustrator), Terry Fan (Illustrator)

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"Young Chris loves pretending he's a brave astronaut, exploiring the universe. Only one problem--at night, he's afraid of the dark. Only when he watches the moon landing on TV does he realize how exciting the unknown can be. Inspired by the childhood of real-life astronaut Chris Hadfield"--
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A parable about a would-be astronaut discovering the inner strength to overcome his fear of the monsters that hide in the dark, and discovering that the dark also harbors dreams. It's funny, heartfelt, and awe-inspiring, and a terrific book to read aloud. ( )
  elakdawalla | Dec 7, 2020 |
This was beautiful, a great story of dreams and imagination. ( )
  Linyarai | Feb 16, 2020 |
"The Darkest Dark" tells the story of a young boy named Chris. He is absolutely terrified of sleeping in the dark. His parents try everything to get him to fall asleep. Chris finally falls asleep and dreams of outer space and becoming an astronaut. When he wakes up it is time for his family to go visit the neighbors. Together, they all watch the first moon landing on TV. After watching the astronauts walk on the moon, Chris is no longer scared of the dark. He sees the night sky as an exciting place to explore. I enjoyed reading this book because it is based upon a true story by Astronaut Chris Hadfield. Chris went on to explore the moon himself and this book can inspire other children to do the same. The lesson is anything is possible if we face our fears and work hard. I read this book to my kindergarten class and they were fascinated about space and traveling to the moon. I had one student say he wanted to be an astronaut when he grew up. ( )
  eniehaus | Sep 23, 2019 |
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Once again Hadfield has delivered an wonderful book the shares his love of space with a personal story-lesson. l look forward to sharing this with my grandchildren and library clients. ( )
  visuallibrarian | Jan 25, 2019 |
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A wonderful book about overcoming fears and learning to find beauty in unexpected places.
Chris is a boy who has big dreams of traveling to space, but at the same time he's very afraid of the dark. However, Chris changes his perspective on the dark and comes to view it as something vast and beautiful rather than sinister.
This is a great book for any age, not just for kids. The story is really well-written and doesn't patronize the reader. Kids and adults alike will appreciate the message about changing perspective, and the lovely art goes a long way to making the story engaging. Highly recommended. ( )
  leahdawn | Nov 27, 2018 |
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Fillion, Katemain authorall editionsconfirmed
Fan, EricIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fan, TerryIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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"Young Chris loves pretending he's a brave astronaut, exploiring the universe. Only one problem--at night, he's afraid of the dark. Only when he watches the moon landing on TV does he realize how exciting the unknown can be. Inspired by the childhood of real-life astronaut Chris Hadfield"--

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