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Papa Put a Man on the Moon
By (author): Kristy Dempsey Illustrated by: Sarah Green
9780735230743 Hardcover English Juvenile: Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (US) from P - 3 JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Parents May 07, 2019
$23.99 CAD
Active 8.94 x 11.25 x 0.36 in 32 pages FULL-COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS Dial Books for Young Readers Dial Books
In time for the fiftieth anniversary of the moon landing, this father-daughter story celebrates a small community’s big contribution to one of America’s greatest accomplishments.

Marthanne and her father sit side by side, looking out over their mill village as the moon glows in the sky. Marthanne hopes that one day, man will walk on the moon, and she knows her father is helping America accomplish this mission: The fabric he weaves forms one layer in the astronauts’ spacesuits. Papa insists he’s only making a living, but Marthanne knows his work is part of history, and she’s proud. She tries to be patient, but she can’t stop imagining the moon mission: the astronauts tumbling through space, the fabric her papa made traveling all the way up into the sky. When the astronauts blast off and Neil Armstrong finally takes his first steps on the moon, Marthanne watches in wonder. She knows her papa put a man on the moon.

Celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the moon landing: Neil Armstrong walked on the moon on July 20, 1969, and we’ll be celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of this historic moment in summer 2019.

For fathers and daughters: Featuring a dad spending quality time with his daughter, this book is perfect for Fathers Day, as well as daddy-daughter storytime any day of the year.

An ode to the working class: This story shines a light on the hardworking, frequently overlooked workers who make huge national accomplishments possible.

Making history personal: This story focuses on how a major historical moment affected one community—and how that community affected it. Marthanne and her town are loosely based on the author’s mother’s hometown of Slater, South Carolina, and their experience during this period. An author’s note details the connection.

Up-and-coming illustrator: Sarah Green’s star is on the rise, and we’re so excited to have her on Dial’s list.

Kristy Dempsey is the author of eight picture books, including Me with You, Surfer Chick, Superhero Instruction Manual, and A Dance Like Starlight, which was named a JLG selection, ALA Notable Book, Bank Street Best of 2015, CCBC 2015 Choice, and the winner of the 2015 Golden Kite Award for Picture Book Text. Since 1998, Kristy has lived in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, with her husband and three children, where she works as a middle school and high school English teacher.

Author Residence: Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Author Hometown: South Carolina

Sarah Green is the illustrator of Dorothea Lange: The Photographer Who Found the Faces of the Depression and Elizabeth Warren: Nevertheless, She Persisted (Summer 2018). She studied illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design before moving back to her hometown of San Francisco.

Illustrator Residence: San Francisco, CA

Praise for Kristy Dempsey’s A Dance Like Starlight

Junior Library Guild Selection

2015 ALA Notable

2015 CCBC Choices List

2015 SCBWI Golden Kite Award for Picture Book Text

* “Dempsey’s lyrical prose soars…”—Booklist, starred review

* “A warm inspirational collaboration that will resonate in the hearts of all who dream.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Beautifully written…poetic.”—School Library Journal

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