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Miss Pickerell Goes to Mars (1951)

by Ellen MacGregor

Other authors: Paul Galdone (Illustrator)

Series: Miss Pickerell (1)

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Definitely not scientifically accurate, but fun nonetheless. The kids and I enjoyed it. ( )
  TnTexas | Mar 8, 2014 |
This book shocked me by being *actually reality based*.

Okay, yes, the basic premise of "little old lady who has frighteningly close relationship to her cow find scientists building moon rocket in her pasture and accidentally stows away" requires deep, deep suspension of disbelief. But once she actually gets on the rocket, the science is all *good* science. Written for about a third-grade level, so very simplified, but despite the 1951 publication date, there's nothing that makes me want to write corrections in the margin. And in fact this would serve as a very good primer on space travel: more accurate than some *textbooks* I've encountered. But not too preachy or teachy, and the character of Miss Pickerell shines over all.

It's very ... something ... when the part of the story that takes place on Earth is the fantastic part, but that's the 1950s for you. (And why I adore old-fashioned YA SF. As much as I like modern SF, what happened to a story where you could have a line like "Wouldn't work," Mr. Killian said, "On account of the orbits. You know about orbits?" ( )
2 vote melannen | Aug 5, 2008 |
From 1965 vintage scholastic cover:

Miss Pickerell was mighty glad to be home from her vacation. She had had an overdose of noise and confusion. As she led her cow out to graze behind her little house she thought happily about the rest they were both going to have. But suddenly she saw, right in the middle of the pasture, the strangest, largest contraption she had ever laid eyes on. She was very frightened, but this was a clear case of trespassing. Miss Pickerell didn't hesitate. She went right up to investigate the outrage.

What happens after that is more than she bargains for. It is a question who is most surprised: Miss Pickerell or the captain and the crew!
1 vote Sasha_Doll | Aug 20, 2007 |
This is science fiction only sort of!! (What a terrible sentence for a former English teacher!) Actually, it's a light-hearted romp about a little old lady who accidentally gets on board a rocket she found in her pasture. There is some science, the book jacket makes clear, but of the 1951 variety. ( )
1 vote MerryMary | Apr 10, 2007 |
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Miss Pickerell clapped her left hand firmly on top of her hat, to keep it from falling off, and looked up at the huge Ferris wheel turning slowly against the bright blue sky.
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When Miss Pickerell finds what looks like a spaceship in her pasture, she decides to board it to examine it closely. Before she knows it, the ship blasts off and is on a direct course to Mars.

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