Under the Same Sky

illus. by Britta Teckentrup. 32p. Tiger Tales. Sept. 2018. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781680100945.
PreS-Gr 1—Beginning with "We live under the same sky…in lands near and far./We live under the same sky…/wherever we are," this lyrical tale carries the message of unity, beautifully illustrated by assorted animals from around the world. Two of the poem lines accompany every full page illustration. Each spread features a differently shaped cutout in the page, cleverly incorporated into the image; as the page is turned, this opening highlights and repeats a line of the poem further reinforcing the theme of interconnection. Teckentrup's stylized earth-toned graphic illustrations of cats and lions, penguins and otters, deer and rabbits depict the beauty and diversity of nature but her message "We dream the same dreams…and we dream them…together" extends to the human community, even if no people are depicted in the book.
VERDICT A delightful book with wide appeal that should be welcome in most collections.

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