The Darkest Dark

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Inspired by the childhood of real-life astronaut Chris Hadfield and brought to life by Terry and Eric Fan's lush, evocative illustrations, The Darkest Dark will encourage readers to dream the impossible.
Chris loves rockets and planets and pretending he's a brave astronaut, exploring the universe. Only one problem--at night, Chris doesn't feel so brave. He's afraid of the dark.
But when he watches the groundbreaking moon landing on TV, he realizes that space is the darkest dark there is--and the dark is beautiful and exciting, especially when you have big dreams to keep you company.
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About the author

Chris Hadfield is one of the most seasoned and accomplished astronauts in the world. In May 2013, Hadfield returned to Earth after serving as Commander of the International Space Station, where he and his crew lived for five months (his third mission). Chris frequently speaks to audiences throughout the US and Canada about space exploration and science education.

Terry Fan received his formal art training at Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto. His work is a blend of traditional and contemporary techniques, using ink or graphite mixed with digital. He spends his days (and nights) creating magical paintings, portraits, and prints. Together with his brother Eric, he wrote and illustrated the critically-acclaimed picture book, The Night Gardener.

Eric Fan is an artist and writer who lives in Toronto, Canada. He attended the Ontario College of Art and Design where he studied illustration, sculpture, and film. He has a passion for vintage bikes, clockwork contraptions, and impossible dreams. His widely-praised debut picture book, The Night Gardener, was a collaboration with his brother Terry.
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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Published on
Oct 11, 2016
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Juvenile Fiction / Bedtime & Dreams
Juvenile Fiction / Science & Technology
Juvenile Fiction / Social Themes / Emotions & Feelings
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Chris Hadfield
Chris Hadfield
«Lo que viajar al espacio me enseñó sobre el ingenio, la determinación y cómo estar preparado para todo.»El coronel Chris Hadfield ha pasado casi cuatro mil horas en el espacio. Durante ese tiempo ha irrumpido en una estación espacial valiéndose de una navaja suiza, se ha deshecho de una serpiente viva mientras pilotaba un avión y se ha quedado momentáneamente ciego mientras se aferraba al exterior de una nave espacial en órbita. El secreto del éxito del coronel Hadfield, y de su supervivencia, es una filosofía nada convencional aprendida en la NASA: prepararse para lo peor. y disfrutar cada instante de ello.En , Hadfield hace una descripción minuciosade los años dedicados a adiestrarse y a explorar el espacio, con el fin de mostrar cómo hacer posible lo imposible. Mediante historias reveladoras que transmiten toda la emoción del momento de un lanzamiento, la maravillosa fascinación de los paseos espaciales yla sangre fría imprescindible en los momentos críticos, Hadfield explicael modo en que el saber convencional puede suponer un obstáculo para alcanzar los logros. y la felicidad.Quizá usted jamás sea capaz de fabricar un robot, pilotar una nave espacial, crear unvídeo musical o llevar a cabo una operación quirúrgica en condiciones de ingravidez, como el coronel Hadfield, pero las vívidas y refrescantes percepciones de este le enseñarán a pensar como un astronauta y cambiarán por completo la manera en que concibe la vidaen la Tierra. sobre todo la suya propia. Opiniones:«Houston, tenemos una superestrella.» «Puede que desde las misiones Hadfield haya hecho más que cualquier otro astronauta para transformar la imagen de la exploración del espacio. Rara vez este ha parecido tan próximo o el mundo más asombroso». «Hadfield ha hecho una contribución al programa espacial que va mucho más allá de los experimentosque supervisó en el espacio y de la sencilla tarea consistente en ayudar a que el vehículo -del tamaño de un campo de fútbol- siga en órbita... Aplausos para Hadfield por ser tan brillante».
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