New Book Honors Ham—the World’s First and Most Celebrated Astrochimp

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Carrie Waddington Martin celebrates the success of “Ham the Astrochimp” with her illustrated historical narrative.

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Author and award-winning illustrator Carrie Waddington Martin pays tribute to Ham—the first chimpanzee launched into outer space—through her illustrated book, Ham the Astrochimp: Anything is Possible. This book chronicles the amazing true story of a chimp from Cameroon whose historic space flight led the way to the moon.

This is the true story of a young chimpanzee that becomes the world’s first and most celebrated Astrochimp. Hams’ 16-minute flight in January 1961 immediately paved the way of human space flight. In Ham the Astrochimp: Anything is Possible, readers will follow the adventures of Ham as he successfully goes from tree-tops to Astrochimp training and discovers that life can bring unexpected adventures.

Enhanced by its vibrant and beautiful illustrations, this book is both a reminder to beginning readers about one of the world’s historic events and an instrument of inspiration. Exciting, nail-biting and triumphant, it brings Ham’s message to embrace change and thrive: “Don’t be afraid. Life’s a parade. Your adventures are waiting for you!”

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About the Author
Carrie Waddington Martin owns a graphic design business in Denver, CO and teaches illustration and design at several colleges in the Denver area. She is an avid skier and has hiked six of Colorado’s 14ers – mountains over 14,000 feet in elevation.

Ham the Astrochimp * by Carrie Waddington Martin
Anything is Possible
Publication Date: October 16, 2012
Picture Book; $24.99; 52 pages; 978-1-4797-1059-1
Picture Book Hardcover; $31.99; 52 pages; 978-1-4797-1060-7
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4797-1061-4

To request a complimentary paperback review copy, contact the publisher at (888) 795-4274 x. 7879. To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at (610) 915-0294 or call (888) 795-4274 x. 7879.

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