Big Papa and the Time Machine

Both tender and whimsical, Daniel Bernstrom’s third picture book follows a grandfather and grandson who travel through time in a beloved 1952 Ford, in and out of poignant moments in Big Papa’s twentieth-century life where they discover the true meaning of being brave.
From acclaimed picture book creators Daniel Bernstrom (One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree; Gator, Gator, Gator!) and Shane W. Evans (Chocolate Me!; Mixed Me!) comes a poignant and heartfelt picture book told through a stirring dialogue between a child and his grandfather about what it means to be brave.

We took Big Papa’s time machine to a long time ago.

We took it to when Big Papa worked in the sky.

Way, way up on top of tall buildings wrapped in coats of smoke and ash.

“You was so high up,” I said. “Wasn’t you scared?”

A little boy who lives with his grandpa isn’t reprimanded for being afraid to go to school one day. Instead, Big Papa takes him away in his time machine—a 1952 Ford—back to all of the times when he himself was scared of something life was handing him.

In this dreamlike journey, Bernstrom and Evans masterfully explore crucial moments of African American history—happy and sad—inviting the young and the old to share their stories of courage across time.

Back matter includes a note from the author that explains his inspiration for the story as well as a photograph of him and the real Big Papa. Hardcover


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