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Mae Jemison

By Sonia W. Black

Publisher: Mondo Pub, October 2000
ISBN: 1572558016
MY HERO recommends this book to children readers.
Children's Literature
Mae Jemison is a role model by any measure. A woman of diverse interests such as dance, science, travel and social work, she most notably became the first African-American woman selected by NASA to be an astronaut in 1987. As a young girl, she dreamed of traveling to outer space while also participating on her school's cheerleading squad. After graduating from medical school, she served as a doctor in Sierra Leone and Liberia for the Peace Corps. By the time she applied to NASA's astronaut program, she had already established herself in the field of medicine, but her wanderlust took her to outer space and back. In this inspirational biography, we learn of Mae's journey from childhood that ultimately takes her on this space mission, as well as her experiences aboard the space shuttle, Endeavor. An easy yet informative read, this biography would work well in the classroom and also for pleasure. Eight pages of photos highlight the career of Mae Jemison. 2000, Mondo, $3.99. Ages 9 to 12. Reviewer: Karen Deans
User Reviews:
Nevaeh | 3/25/2014 1:34 PM
Hi miss, Jemison Im the little girl you wrote that letter to last year. I just wanted to say THANK YOU SO MUCH you made that the best year of my life. And know Im doing a report on you for "Woman's History Month"

                                        Sincerely, Nevaeh
CC | 3/9/2013 12:06 PM
wow! i'm really inspired by u! for school we have to write a report about a famous african american, so i chose u. besides a report, we have to make a life-size version of r characters, and mine looks really good so far! ur book has also inspired me to never give up in accomplishing my  dreams!
Maiya | 2/7/2013 11:42 AM
I am doing a report on her and I found some awesome facts right here. She encouraged many black women to live freely and do what they dream.
Mariyah | 4/15/2012 7:23 AM
Wow!!!! I am doing a project on you where I have to dress up as you and people have to guess who I am. I am soo.. excited. I really look up to you, Mae Jemison.
Amanda | 2/21/2012 11:02 AM
Thank you for making a difference. I am doing a report on you and you are a very inspiring person. Just like you i want to fulfill my dream of becoming a lawyer. Thank you for inspiring me.
Rachel+Tyler+Matt | 1/5/2012 9:49 AM
Omg! Mae Carol Jemison is my projects topic on African American Woman who changed History or Culture, and she is absolutly my new role model. With a great mind, and a incredible dedication she accomplished major things in life that i dont even know i would be able to handle. Thanks Mae, for giving me (Rachel), Tyler, and my boyfriend Matt, hope. <3
annie | 2/10/2011 5:12 AM
nice thx
song ni xio | 12/21/2010 11:32 AM
mae jemison sounds like a great woman! She is now my new role model!  :)
makaya | 4/22/2010 5:49 AM
shes a great person
| 4/13/2010 12:17 PM
she rocks
Tiana H. | 3/23/2010 10:57 AM
mae jemison is the best i am doin a report on her for my BIGGEST gr i love how u NEVER gave up
nene | 3/7/2010 1:11 AM
she was the first african american to go to outer space
Harris | 2/26/2010 12:18 AM
she is amazing
addi | 2/10/2010 7:00 AM
mae rocks
tyler | 1/25/2010 9:08 PM
what was your feelings like when you went into space???????????
Brandi | 1/5/2010 11:35 PM
I am doing a report on you  and  you are a wonderful and intelligent person. Thank you!!!!
Jeanie | 11/23/2009 3:22 PM
you are one brave and intellegent woman
Shakeena from Malden Missouri | 11/5/2009 1:15 AM
Hey i just wanna say that she is a true hero especially to my little sister. and i thank her for all that she had done. and if you dont know her get to know her, cause she is fun to learn about
roberto | 10/15/2009 2:12 PM
she is a good woman
D'Nydia | 10/5/2009 1:26 AM
I am doing a report on Mae Jemison and I would like to say that she is an amazing person.
treborg | 5/16/2009 3:21 AM
i am doing a project on her but i can't figure out where she's living now

According to NASA Quest Web site, Mae Jemison lives in Houston with her two cats.

-- The MY HERO Library Staff

Camryn | 5/4/2009 8:34 AM
She's an inspiration to all girls and boys around the world
destiney | 3/30/2009 12:00 AM
I was just wondering do you answer all of our questions and if ou do how are we suppose to know that because i think maybe it would hurt some peoples feelings if you didnt read from the true fans who admire you im actually doing a report right now wich is why im on the computer please comment back i just need one more part to write about you which is do you have kids and what do you do for life now because i tried to find it but i cant seem to get it thank you!

The MY HERO Library staff tries to answer all of the questions that come in from our visitors. If you would like to write to Mae Jemison, we suggest you contact the publisher.  Good luck on your report!

--The MY HERO Library Staff

JaKaiya | 3/17/2009 12:21 PM
I Am Doing A Project On Dr. Jemison And She Seems To Be A Very Nice && Determined Person. I Would Love To Meet Her Today.
branda | 3/4/2009 10:10 AM
i love how you never gave up and you stuck to your dreams and i love how you became the FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMAN to enter space and i picked you to be my history project, i had you before but i jest had to have you once again. Thanks for keeping my dreams up and see you in the future and i hope you have a nice day but remember that you teached me to keep my dreams up and now i am keeping other peoples dreams up and also remember that you are always in my heart no matter were you are or where i am i will always remember you!!!! bye love you see you in the future!!!!
chris | 3/4/2009 9:58 AM
i love what you do and i wish i could meet you in real life and i bet you are so nice to people!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
brianna | 3/4/2009 9:55 AM
mae jemison is a very pretty woman and i love what she has done for us and keep up the good work!!
Haleigh, | 3/4/2009 6:26 AM
Mae, im doing a project on you & you are truley amazing. I have a big poster board of all these pictures of you & facts. You have some inspiring gotes too.
Thank you for everything you have done for our country ,
haleigh ! : D
Alonna | 2/27/2009 9:03 AM
She seems like a wonderful person!
sade | 2/27/2009 6:52 AM
i am doing a report on her and i am amazed at what she has acomplished
seca | 2/25/2009 6:16 PM
acd | 2/24/2009 7:14 AM
she is very inspiring to both color and whites.
lili | 2/24/2009 5:10 AM
Good Job!!!!!!!!!!
lorraine | 2/20/2009 11:29 AM
Mae jemison is very inspiring. did you get married?
Nelle-Nelle | 2/18/2009 9:38 AM
your the best!!! you are my 2nd hero .I am writing about,you have inspired me.I love you !!!
Lexy | 2/18/2009 7:26 AM
Is Mae Jemison married? And does she have any kids?

According to the NASA Quest Web site, Mae Jemison lives in Houston.  She has two cats named Sneeze and Little Houston.

-- The MY HERO Library Staff

shelby | 2/17/2009 6:17 AM
In school I have to pick an astronaut, learn about them and make a poster! SO I PICKED YOU!!!!!!! I love you!!!!!!!!!!
Aleyah | 2/15/2009 6:18 AM
I am doing  a black history project on Mae C. Jemison and you are so nice. I love you....
angelgal | 2/11/2009 8:09 AM
I am doing a project on you for history fair and I think u r awesome!
Jessica | 11/6/2008 6:46 AM
You are so awesome! I had to do a project on someone's biography and I did your's! I wish I could be an astronaut someday!:)
Zhariya | 9/8/2008 8:19 AM
I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!! Just because you were the first black African-American woman to become an astronaut and you had the courage to go to school even when people teased you!!

5th grade
Britbrat14 | 5/28/2008 1:01 AM
I'm doing a report on you and you have had an interesting and successful life. You're an inspiration to many. good job.
meca #11 | 4/27/2008 4:26 AM
she 1s the f1rst black women to do that she is awesome! 2 thumbs up
Panda S | 3/18/2008 8:44 AM
is she 52 or 51 please reply

Mae Jemison was born on October 17, 1956, so she will be 52 on her birthday.

-- The MY HERO Library Staff

Sonika S. | 3/18/2008 8:42 AM
I think you're amazing. I mean all those degrees and you were Star Trek, you helped people by the Peace Crops, and you were the 1st African-American woman in space. I am doing a huge report on you and think you're out of this world(like maybe in space). I wish i could meet you!
jaylah | 3/11/2008 1:05 AM
i have a project on you and you are very interesting
haylie | 3/2/2008 10:57 PM
i leaned so much about her she seems so nice i am doing a report on mae jemison for black history month and so far i am doing great and she is so cool i love her i wish i could be her
14opatzbrianna | 2/29/2008 3:56 AM
she is awesome
Sandra | 2/29/2008 1:32 AM
Is Mae Jemison married? Where does she live?

According to the NASA Quest Web site, Mae Jemison lives in Houston.  She has two cats named Sneeze and Little Houston.

-- The MY HERO Library Staff

Malea Jolly | 2/21/2008 9:11 AM
I Love How You Did Not Give Up Your Dream.
ashlyn >>once again<< | 2/19/2008 10:14 AM
fyi: with all due respect to ms. Jemison, contrary to what apparently everyone on this blog believes, she is not the first african american in space According to the book "Blacks in Science and Medicine" by Vivian O.
Sammons, the first black astronaut selected was Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr.
He was killed in a training flight on December 8, 1967. The first black
American in space was Guion Stewart Bluford, Jr. This occurred on August
30, 1983. Ms. Jemison is the first black FEMALE. Either way she still achieved a great feat.
kayla harris | 2/13/2008 8:03 AM
mae,i have a question. how old are you? are you still alive?

Mae Jemison is still alive.  She was born on October 17, 1956, which makes her 52 years old.

-- The MY HERO Library Staff

Mary CAT | 2/13/2008 4:39 AM
You are a great inspiration.I am doing a report about you and I didn't know anything about you but now I want to know more.At least girls can show we're just as good as the guys.I wish I could meet her.
| 2/11/2008 7:21 AM
heyyy..your so awesome im doin a report on you
Justin, Autumn, Kaylynn, Mrs. D | 2/7/2008 12:49 AM
We read a book about you.  It was very interesting.  You are cool. How did you get so smart?  Are you still an astronaut.  Astronauts are cool.  It would be nice to meet you in real life.
Dancesca | 2/6/2008 7:52 AM
Ms. Mae Jemison im doing a report on you and im just getting started and i think you are a great person and by just reading a little about you im inspired and i once had a teacher tell me i was dumb.
kelsie | 2/6/2008 1:58 AM
hey mae im doing a african american report on you are brave because i dont know no one who would want to be a first woman to go on an shuttle that had the courage and guts to! you are awesome
Tiffany | 1/28/2008 8:34 AM
i am a good fan of yours i wish one day i will get to meet you i love you i read one of your books and it is fantastice i hope i get to read one of your other books
Abby | 1/28/2008 8:31 AM
hi i am a big fan of yours i want to be a astronaut like you
cassie | 1/28/2008 8:27 AM
i am doing a report about you and what i found out is that you are still alive
Bronwyn | 1/17/2008 12:30 AM
I am doing a report on you and I think that you are great! I can't wait to find out more about you!
mallory | 12/22/2007 9:08 PM
im so inspired by you!you are really cool,and i think you inspire all of us!!!!!!!!!!!!!
marisol | 11/10/2007 6:06 AM
you rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
emma | 10/29/2007 4:13 AM
I think your great!! I'm studying you! You are amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
sam | 10/28/2007 5:55 AM
It was a nice book
maddie | 10/20/2007 6:11 AM
Mae I am sorry your teacher discouraged you. your an awsome astronaut.
Bri03 | 10/18/2007 1:54 AM
I love that she was african Ameican, i think that is is wonderful and i wish i could have met her. She so great and i agree with raymel and everyone else! Bye!!!
katie | 10/17/2007 8:08 AM
i am learning about her i think she is cool is she still living??

Yes, Mae Jemison is still living.

-- The MY HERO Library Staff

mai | 10/2/2007 2:07 PM
dr. mae jemison i hope you are full with hope because I call you my hero

ImAnni | 7/27/2007 7:56 PM
Yes i agree with NyErin she was the first black astronaut thanks mae for having girls our age have that in our futures
kayla | 5/24/2007 8:06 AM
your so brave to do what you did. i am doing public speaking on you and i already feel like i know you!!!
Brayan Suazo | 4/13/2007 3:31 AM
That was and is a great book. I give all my respect to Mae Jemison beacuse she fight for what she want to accomplish and even people said that she ain't became an african-american, she didn't care because the laws says that it doesn't matter color skin, race, and more. Mae Jemison is one of my role model and she always will be.
raymel | 3/31/2007 9:02 AM
she is one of the coolest women and I would love to met her!
Gabrielle | 3/10/2007 8:50 AM
I have done a report on u and i enjoyed learning about u.u are very inspiring and i hope i can be just like u 1 day and u are my and many others inspiring role model.
Prateeksha | 2/26/2007 11:12 AM
I wanna be an astronaut when I grow up and she is acomplete role model for me!! u rock!
Rachel | 2/20/2007 5:31 AM
It was amazing learning about Mae Jemison and her adventures in space!
kaitlyn k. | 2/14/2007 6:16 AM
i'm doing a project on you you are a inspiring person you made history for being the first african american woman to go to space.
Marquell Lattimore | 1/18/2007 9:28 AM
Hey I really hope u read this, but I have all the books on you and I every year since third grade and I am a junior in high school and I am still doing reports on you and i am doing one now. I attend Martin Luther King Academy. I really wish I could met you but I guess its just a dream but I love your career and the things you accomplish as a black woman your my inspiration ya
velveeta simmons | 1/9/2007 4:08 AM
I just want you to know that you inspire me in many of your ways. Its about time that some of our black people around here has gotten credit for what we actually did and was committed to do.
NyErin | 11/19/2006 9:54 AM
I think Mae Jemison is great because she is the first black astronaut!
jasmine | 7/26/2006 1:55 AM
ur my inspiration iwould like 2 achieve such goal like u
christina | 5/18/2006 4:45 AM
i want to be just like her when i grow up
Laura | 4/9/2006 10:42 AM
i read her book a while ago but she is still an inspiration and influence
yessi | 3/12/2006 7:51 AM
I think you were a great astronaut. I'm doing a report on you and its pretty interesting. I wish I could meet you in real life.
| 2/27/2006 8:36 AM
are you still alive how old are you

Mae Jemison was born in 1956 and, yes, she is still alive.

The MY HERO Library Staff

mriah | 2/17/2006 6:50 AM
i think she is awesome

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