Picture the Sky

illus. by Barbara Reid. 32p. Albert Whitman. Mar. 2019. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780807595251.
PreS-Gr 2—Short, lyrical sentences ask readers to "Picture the sky" and invite them to imagine the various ways the sky can appear. The answers have an intriguing, riddle-like quality: the sky can be "the curtain rising on your day." Reid's trademark modelling clay artwork beautifully extends the text, showing a layered sunrise on the horizon brightening the early morning darkness as children wait to catch their school bus. The finely detailed illustrations seem almost tactile, bursting with color, pattern, and texture. Ever changing, the sky can be reticent and play hide-and-seek on foggy days and exuberantly say "Let's dance!" when the Northern Lights put on a show. Looking skyward, cloud watchers can observe "the passing parade," farmers can predict "a weather report," and astronomy buffs can "find a story" in the constellations. The final unifying sentiments invite reflection and participation: "Wherever we are, we share the same sky. It is the roof over our heads. Picture the sky. How do you feel?"
VERDICT An excellent read-aloud, offering many extension possibilities.

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