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Parents' Choice Awards : Audio : Audio Book


Spring 2017 Audio Book
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Producer: Hachette Audio
CD Price: $1.98

As a boy, Colonel Chris Hadfield was afraid of the dark. As a man, he became the first Canadian astronaut to walk in space.

Colonel Hadfield has written (and narrated) a story about a young boy named Chris who can't fall asleep at night; scary things live in the dark. Once asleep, though, his head fills with vivid and thrilling dreams of flying to the moon. It's 1969 and everyone's thinking about the moon.

As Chris gathers with his family around the television in July 1969 to watch the first men land on the moon, he's dismayed. Space looks scary. It's dark! And yet that's where his favorite dreams take place.

Colonel Hadfield is a retired astronaut with an illustrious career. The young Chris in the story wants to grow up to be just that. It's a nice touch that they're one and the same. The audiobook includes a MAC and PC compatible PDF of Terry and Eric Fan's beautiful illustrations, and photos from the author's life. Forty years after he dreamed of reaching the moon, Hadfield's young readers may be dreaming of Mars and beyond. In a postscript, Hadfield offers a thoughtful message: "The dark is for dreams -- and morning is for making them come true."

The Darkest Dark is a lovely bedtime story for budding astronauts, reluctant sleepers, and dreamers who get scared in the dark.

Teresa DiFalco   ©2017 Parents' Choice
Teresa DiFalco is an award-winning ghostwriter, writer, and mother in Vancouver, Washington. She's been a contributing editor for Parents' Choice for over ten years. She's a strong speller, a menace at badminton, and makes a decent soufflé.

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