Almost Underwear: How a Piece of Cloth Traveled from Kitty Hawk to the Moon and Mars (Hardcover)

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Almost Underwear: How a Piece of Cloth Traveled from Kitty Hawk to the Moon and Mars (Hardcover)

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Did you know that a piece of cloth from the Wright Brothers' Flyer has traveled to the moon, and Mars? 

With NASA photos and playful illustrations throughout, here is an incredible slice of hidden history and an introduction to the science of air and space for all ages. 


★ "A flight of fancy—and facts—sure to set aspiring scientists’ imaginations soaring."—Kirkus, starred review

One day in 1903 the Wright brothers entered a department store in Ohio to buy a bolt of fabric. The plain muslin cloth was most often used to make underwear. As it happens, the Wright brothers were about to wrap the simple cloth around the ribs of a mechanical ‘wing’ and dramatically change the world. Sixty-six years later, in 1969, Neil Armstrongtook a big leap onto the moon. With him was a swatch of the exact fabric the bicycle mechanics had purchased in 1903. Fifty-two years after that, in 2021, a remote-controlled car-sized explorer landed on Mars. Attached to the underside of a cable was a tiny piece of very old cloth—cloth that had almost become underwear. Almost Underwear is the story of that incredible piece of fabric, and the historic ‘firsts’ it stitches together.  

A Junior Library Guild Selection

★ "Readers with stars (and planets) in their eyes will be fascinated by this little-known swatch of detail from the story of our space program."Booklist, starred review

★"A delight from takeoff to landing." Publishers Weekly, starred review

 
Author-illustrator Jonathan Roth has been fascinated with robotic space missions since the Viking lander sent back the first images from the surface of Mars. Jonathan, who teaches elementary art, lives in Rockville, Maryland, with his wife and two kitties in a house on a rocky planet orbiting a fiery star in a barred spiral galaxy. 
Product Details ISBN: 9780316525541
Publisher: Christy Ottaviano Books
Publication Date: August 20th, 2024
Pages: 40
Language: English
"A flight of fancy—and facts—sure to set aspiring scientists’ imaginations soaring." Kirkus, starred review

"Inserting cartoon figures into photos of actual sites both terrestrial and extraterrestrial, Roth explains how a certain bolt of unbleached muslin has been “woven into the fabric of history.” Readers with stars (and planets) in their eyes will be fascinated by this little-known swatch of detail from the story of our space program."—Booklist, starred review

"A blend of cartooning and archival photos from NASA and the National Air and Space Museum evokes an informative comic book feel, adding in mechanical detail that’s just right for budding aeronautical gearheads. But it’s the work’s narrative voice, which alternates between droll humor and geeky enthusiasm, that makes this textile yarn a delight from takeoff to landing." —Publishers Weekly