A moving biography of the late Leonard Nimoy, the iconic Spock from Star Trek,whose story exemplifies the American experience and the power of pursuing your dreams. Once there was a boy named Leonard who loved to sing and to act. His parents were immigrants who felt like aliens in America, and certainly didn't understand Leonard's drive to perform. "Learn to play the accordion," his father told him. "Actors starve, but at least musicians can eke out a living." But Leonard reached for the stars . . . and caught them. He moved to Hollywood, where he took acting lessons, and drove a taxi and took every role he could get. He worked hard, learned his lines, showed up on time, and studied his craft. Until one day he was offered the role of an alien science officer on a new TV show called Star Trek.Leonard knew what it felt like to be an alien. But did he want the role? Fascinating is the story of how one boy followed his dreams to become one of the most beloved figures of our time.
As someone who has been a passionate Star Trek fan since my early adolescence, someone who has watched every television series and every movie, someone who has read countless Star Trek novels, someone who taught herself Klingon (yes, you can buy instructional material for this fictional language from the Star Trek universe), I was incredibly excited when Fascinating: The Life of Leonard Nimoy came to my attention. Something that combined my love of Star Trek with my interest in children's books? What's not to love! As it turns out, the narrative here is quite engaging, successfully drawing out the parallels between Leonard Nimoy's own experiences and the fictional role that made his face known around the world. There wasn't much here that I didn't already know, but for those new to the subject, Richard Michelson's narrative will prove quite informative. The artwork by Edel Rodriguez is likewise appealing, moving from more sedate sepia tones, in the section of the book devoted to Nimoy's youth, to the bluer tones that parallel his exploration of Hollywood and (through the character of Spock) of space. The final two-page spread, in which Spock, in his Starfleet uniform, is lifting the ta'al (the traditional Vulcan salute), is just magical!
All in all, a wonderful addition to the field of picture-book biography, one I would recommend to young Star Trek fans, to young would-be actors, and to anyone looking for children's stories featuring the immigrant experience in America.
But Leonard reached for the stars . . . and caught them. He moved to Hollywood, where he took acting lessons, and drove a taxi and took every role he could get. He worked hard, learned his lines, showed up on time, and studied his craft. Until one day he was offered the role of an alien science officer on a new TV show called Star Trek. Leonard knew what it felt like to be an alien. But did he want the role?
I learned a lot about the man. He was impressive. I love the origin of the Vulcan greeting that Nimoy chose. Fun fact!
At the end there is 2 pages of straight text with more detailed biographical information and an author’s note with photograph or the author & Nimoy.