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Sasso, Rothenberg partner with singer/songwriter on new picture book

“The Story of AND” teaches children about unexpected connections

by Flyaway Books | Special to Presbyterian News Service

“The Story of AND” is available through Flyaway Books, an imprint of Westminster John Knox Press.

LOUISVILLE — April 23 marks the official publication date of “The Story of AND: The Little Word that Changed the World.”

Written by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, this original picture book tells the story of the word “and,” encouraging children to look for the unexpected connections around them.

Inside, an array of opinioned shapes are unable to find common ground until “and” helps them come together to create something new. “The Story of ANDfeatures bright, playful artwork by illustrator Joani Keller Rothenberg and is ideal for children ages 3-7.

Award-winning singer and songwriter Carrie Newcomer has recorded an original song based on the story. The song is available to readers as a bonus download at

About Sandy Eisenberg Sasso

Sandy Eisenberg Sasso’s many children’s books include “When God Gave Us Words and the award-winning “God’s Paintbrush.” She is the Director of Religion, Spirituality and the Arts Initiative at Indiana University-Purdue University, as well as Rabbi Emerita of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck. For more information, visit

About Joani Keller Rothenberg

Joani Keller Rothenberg is a muralist, art therapist and illustrator. She has been named artist-in-residence for academic, faith-based, and arts institutions. For more information, visit

About Carrie Newcomer

Carrie Newcomer is an award-winning singer and songwriter known for her solo recordings and her collaborations with other creative people, including previous work with Sandy Eisenberg Sasso. She travels and performs worldwide in support of cultural and humanitarian causes. For more information, visit

About Flyaway Books

Flyaway Books is a new children’s book program dedicated to creating books that will inspire the next generation to fly. Books featured in the program carry themes of diversity, inclusion, self-esteem, kindness, compassion, and care for our world. They are also intentionally multicultural in their artwork and characters. Visit for more information.

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