Picture the Sky
Picture the Sky
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Annotation: Offers a lyrical story using plasticine relief illustrations to explore the wondrous and ever-changing sky.
Catalog Number: #181899
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
Publisher: Albert Whitman
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2017
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-8075-9525-X
ISBN 13: 978-0-8075-9525-1
Dewey: E
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Subject Heading:
Sky. Fiction.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
In this eye-catching companion book to Picture a Tree (2013), Reid speaks directly to viewers about the many ways of seeing the sky. It can be "the curtain rising on your day," a broad expanse of blue in open country, or a sliver in the background beyond forest trees or big-city buildings. By day, the sky can display a parade of imagined figures in the clouds, and, at night, constellations inspired by mythological stories. Each page or double-page spread features a colorful illustration in Reid's signature medium: modeling clay pressed into pictures and creating surprising effects of light, shadow, texture, and detail. Many of the images depict common childhood experiences, while others rely more on the imagination. Multiethnic casting increases their broad appeal. While the artwork sets the stage, the brief text leads children through the scenes in creative ways, at one point asking, "Did dinosaurs read the sky? Can snowmen? Can you?" A wonderfully open-ended picture book for reading aloud, it's sure to lead children outdoors, or at least to the nearest window.
Horn Book
With brief text and her signature three-dimensional clay illustrations, Reid give readers new ways to notice the sky, an "ever-changing, / always open, everyone / welcome art gallery." Reid layers, smears, scrapes, and stamps colored clay to create storms, constellations, sunsets, and the Northern Lights. The results are slightly stiff but intriguing.
Kirkus Reviews
Adults and children alike perform their daily activities under vast and varied skies.Why is the sky blue? This perennial question often asked by young children may be resolved (or at least dodged) as children learn that the sky is not always blue. It is "an ever-changing, always open, everyone welcome art gallery." Alongside the tantalizing Plasticine art that Reid is known for, she asks, "How do you picture the sky?" And in a series of short sentences, she invites readers on a tour of the sky in all its iterations: at sunrise, when "It can be…the curtain rising on your day"; at sunset; on a sunny, cloudless day; peeking out between trees or the tall buildings of a cityscape where "it can slip into the background." And on days of low-lying fog it "can play hide-and-seek." Some see castles in the clouds, polar bears in the constellations, or figures dancing in the northern lights. "You may find a story in the sky." Although the art is not as joyously unbridled as in her companion book on trees (Picture a Tree, 2013), colorful, multidimensional images depict diverse children (about half present white and half as children of color) as they take pleasure in the sky and realize that "there is more than one way to picture the sky."In this aesthetically pleasing homage, Reid obliges young readers to contemplate the sky in all its not-always-blue expansive magnificence. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: K-3

The sky can often tell different stories: in the clouds having a parade, in the stars blanketing the night, and in our imagination. Every hour, every day, in every season, the sky is different. In this companion to Picture a Tree, award-winning creator Barbara Reid offers a lyrical story using plasticine relief illustrations to explore the wondrous and ever-changing sky.

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