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TITUSVILLE, FL – After years of effort in the making and drawing a beautiful new illustrated children’s book about NASA Space Shuttle seamstress Jean Wright has just published. It is suitable for kids of all ages
Titled “Sew Sister: The Untold Story of Jean Wright and NASA’s Seamstresses” its written and illustrated by 1st time author Elise Matich in a collaboration with Jean Wright based on her life stories and extensive discussions and interactions
“Sew Sister” is poetically written and lavishly illustrated and details Jean Wright’s NASA career as a seamstress working on NASA’s space shuttle sewing critical thermal protection blankets and protected the astronauts from deadly heat and radiation while on missions orbiting Earth and building, maintaining and upgrading the International Space Station – while also carrying hundreds of payloads for the astronaut long duration crews to conduct science and research investigation in microgravity while orbiting 250 miles (400 km) above Earth.
“Sew Sister” published in Oct 2023 in the US and Nov 2023 worldwide in Europe, Canada and more
Sew Sister is available from booksellers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, eQuilter, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida and more
Autographed copies of Sew Sister are also available directly from Jean Wright.
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Here is a detailed book description form Tilbury House Publishers:
The true story of a girl whose mastery of a domestic art propelled her to the elite NASA sisterhood who shielded the space shuttle astronauts from heat and radiation.
Did you know that the white material on the outside of space shuttles was not metal or glass but actually fabric? Specialized quilts, two inches thick, covered the space shuttles and protected the astronauts from deadly heat and radiation. Jean Wright was one of the eighteen “Sew Sisters” who crafted these thermal blankets, mostly by hand, with incredible precision and skill. Capturing both the grandeur of space flight and the intimacy of a needle and thread, Sew Sister tells the story of Jean’s childhood passion for space and sewing, and her fascinating work for NASA’s shuttle program.Elise Matich’s elegant prose and stunning, detailed artwork harmonize with the STEAM concept at the heart of this story: the role of skilled hands and artistry in STEM fields like aeronautics. Sew Sister offers a heroine in the context of space exploration who doesn’t go to college or excel at math; instead, it is her excellence in a trade―one traditionally practiced by women―that allows her to achieve her dream. NASA’s space shuttle fleet was retired in 2011.
- Publisher : Tilbury House Publishers (October 3, 2023)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 36 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0884489825
- ISBN-13 : 978-0884489825
- Reading age : 7 – 10 years
- Lexile measure : 1070L
- Grade level : 1 – 5
- Item Weight : 14 ounces
- Dimensions : 10.4 x 0.4 x 8.4 inches
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