May and Grama are a team. They do everything together, from inventing creative projects to going birdwatching to preparing for the annual space fair. And they never, ever say goodbye without a hug. May’s love of science takes her far as her inventions win year after year, helped by Grama’s support, effort, and love. She travels to space camp and eventually beyond, earning her spot as the first kid astronaut to journey into space. As May prepares for her mission to explore the cosmos, she seems ready to go without looking back, making Grama worried that she will leave without a hug.
This picture book explores the importance of treasuring even the smallest moments with people you love with heartwarming illustrations, expressive characters, and delightful touches of whimsy.
"This incredibly tender story packs a lifetime’s worth of emotion into 40 pages, from the subtly tragic opening to the buoyant love between May and Grama to the heart-wrenching—and ultimately happy—ending." --Booklist, starred review
"Nielander creates a lovely story focused on a girl in STEM and the family who supports her... Heartwarming and encouraging for both children and adults." --Kirkus Reviews
"[T]here is much loveliness in this intergenerational relationship, which hints at change’s effect on both child and caretaker." --Publishers Weekly