Halley Came to Jackson

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9780060254001: Halley Came to Jackson

In her second childrens book project, internationally acclaimed singer and songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter captures the momentous night in 1910 when a father held his baby in his arms as Halleys Comet streaked across the Jackson skyline. Inspired by renowned author, Eudora Welty, and her stories of growing up in Mississippi, Ms. Carpenters words celebrate the special love shared between a father and a daughter and how lifes magical moments remain with us throughout our lives. Like an old tattered scrapbook overflowing with remembrances of days past, this touching story and Dan Andreasens stunning illustrations stand as a timeless tribute to the beauty of lifes memories and that night so long ago when Halleys comet soared through the sky.

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Mary Chapin Carpenters voice and songs have won her recognition around the world as a recording artist, performer, and songwriter. With Dreamland and Halley Came to Jackson, she extends her many talents to childrens books. Her numerous honors include five Grammy Awards and two CMA Female Vocalist of the Year awards, and she has released consecutive multi-platinum albums. She has actively supported numerous social and environmental organizations, including the Care Foundation, the Wilderness Society, and the Country Music AIDS Awareness Campaign.

Dan Andreasen is the illustrator of the Caroline Years series and the Rose Years series, both part of the Little House publishing program. He is also the illustrator of Pioneer Girl, the real-life story of Laura Ingalls Wilder. He lives in Medina, Ohio with his wife and two children.

Dan Andreasen has illustrated many well-loved books for children, including River Boy: The Story of Mark Twain and Pioneer Girl: The Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder, both by William Anderson, as well as many titles in the Little House series. He lives with his family in Medina, Ohio.

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As she did in Dreamland: A Lullaby, Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Carpenter brings her image-rich lyrics to a picture-book audience, this time focusing on Halley's comet and the awe it evokes in the people of Jackson, Miss., as they sight it in 1910. Inspired by a family story told by Eudora Welty in One Writer's Beginnings, Carpenter's tale introduces a baby whose father holds her in his arms to see the great comet's tail "stretched out like a stardust streak"; it then fast-forwards to 1986, when the baby is now a white-haired woman, watching for the comet "from her daddy's porch" once again. Carpenter's words echo Welty's tone; they suggest a cherished story passed through the generations. In nostalgic, gently muted oil paintings, Andreasen recreates a time when neighbors gathered on porches and front yards to gaze at the night sky, and newspapers wrote about the astronomical event "every day for a week." His clouds and stars are a swirl of color and scratchy texture, and tender portraits of a chubby baby and a thoughtful old woman depict a life that has come full circle. As a bonus, an audiocassette recording of Carpenter's performance of this song is included. Ages 4-up.
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