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The astronaut who painted the moon : the true story of Alan Bean / by Dean Robbins ; illustrated by Sean Rubin.

Robbins, Dean, 1957- author. (Author). Rubin, Sean, 1986- illustrator. (Added Author).
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Available copies

  • 1 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

Current holds

0 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Fosston Public Library E 921 BEA (Text) 33500013076583 New Available -
Moorhead Public Library E 921 BEA (Text) 33500013076591 New Checked out 10/09/2019

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781338259537
  • ISBN: 1338259539
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Orchard Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2019.

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.: "Journey to the Moon on the Apollo 12 mission with astronaut and artist Alan Bean! As a boy, Alan wanted to fly planes. As a young navy pilot, Alan wished he could paint the view from the cockpit. So he took an art class to learn patterns and forms. But no class could prepare him for the beauty of the lunar surface some 240,000 miles from Earth. In 1969, Alan became the fourth man and first artist on the moon. He took dozens of pictures, but none compared to what he saw through his artistic eyes. When he returned to Earth, he began to paint what he saw. Alan's paintings allowed humanity to experience what it truly felt like to walk on the moon."-- Provided by publisher.
Target Audience Note: Ages 4-6.
K to grade 3.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 April #2
    *Starred Review* Alan Bean was both a member of the Apollo 12 team and an artist; this picture book tells how he brought his passions together and shared them with the world. The book opens with the exciting launch of the mission, during which Bean became one of the few humans who has walked on the moon, before it flashes back to the childhood dreams that brought him there. Much of his life after the mission was spent creating art to convey his experience. Author Robbins collaborated in his storytelling with Bean, who, before his death in 2018, approved the manuscript and made his original art available to the project. Rubin's accompanying illustrations are fantastic, created by graphite on board with frequent and skillful use of crosshatching and digitally colored on wide pages. He takes some artistic license (especially with the somewhat fantastical cover) and explains that he was trying to convey feelings and impressions more than exact depictions, just as his subject did in his own paintings. The back matter is strong, comprising source notes, a time line, and a fascinating comparison of space photographs and Bean's interpretation of the same scene. As the story of "the only artist ever to see the moon up close," this is a standout among titles that blend art and science, and it reflects the best aims of STEAM. Grades 1-4. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Dean Robbins is a journalist and the author of the children’s picture books Two Friends: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, Margaret and the Moon: How Margaret Hamilton Saved the First Lunar Landing, and Miss Paul and the President: The Creative Campaign for Women’s Right to Vote. His award-winning books have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews and been praised in the New York Times and USA Today. Dean grew up idolizing Apollo astronauts and loved working with Alan Bean on The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon. Learn more at

Sean Rubin was born in Brooklyn, New York. An only child, he entertained himself by collecting interesting things, learning about unusual subjects, and by drawing characters from books. Sean graduated from Princeton University, where he met his wife, Lucy. They have two sons and live in Charlottesville, Virginia. Sean's masterful debut, Bolivar, received three starred reviews and was nominated for a 2018 Eisner Award.

Subject: Bean, Alan, 1932-2018 > Juvenile literature.
Project Apollo (U.S.) > Juvenile literature.
Bean, Alan, 1932-2018.
Project Apollo (U.S.)
Astronauts > United States > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Space flight to the moon > Juvenile literature.
Moon > In art > Juvenile literature.
Space flight to the moon.
United States.
Genre: Art.
Juvenile works.

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