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Sew Sister

The Untold Story of Jean Wright and NASA's Seamstresses

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 message about the role of skilled hands and artistry in STEM fields like aeronautics. This unique picture book 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.

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Product Details

Recommended Age 6 - 9
Author Elise Matich
Illustrator Elise Matich
ISBN 0884489825
Publication Date Oct 3, 2023
Publisher Tilbury House Publishers
Language English