This timeless story, told in straightforward prose, is brought to life in textured, soft-edged watercolor paintings in a predominant palette of blue, green, and gold. The feelings of the protagonist and the playful personality of the dog are palpably rendered in their facial expressions and body language. A generous trim size, universal subject appeal, and striking artwork.
—School Library Journal (starred review)
Warm, emotional tale, replete with comfort and acceptance, this secular selection is a strong choice for a child dealing with death for the first time.
Barbara Walsh is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has worked for newspapers and magazines in Florida, Massachusetts, Maine, and Ireland. Sammy in the Sky was inspired by her family's first dog, Sam, a loyal and loving hound who died in 2003. She is also the author of August Gale: A Father and Daughter's Journey into the Storm, an adult biography and memoir book. Barbara Walsh lives in Maine with her family and their coonhound, Jack, a rescue dog from Tennessee.
Jamie Wyeth is an internationally known painter, illustrator, and dog lover. When he was a boy he endlessly sketched his family dog and has continued to portray animals in his work throughout his life. He has illustrated two previous picture books, THE STRAY and CABBAGES AND KINGS. Jamie Wyeth, son of painter Andrew Wyeth and grandson of illustrator N. C. Wyeth, splits his time between Maine and Pennsylvania.
The dog has a name, Sammy. But the young narrator -- boy or girl -- doesn't have a name. This helps each young listener or reader imagine that he or she is Sammy's special friend. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rob Natiuk
Good illustrations. I gave it to someone who lost his dog that looked like Sammy.Published 11 months ago by buyer
I thought that Sammy in the Sky was a sensitively written account to read to children who are about to or have already lost a pet. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Pamela Tiernan
Beautifully illustrated, heartfelt story of the love and loss of a pet dog. Both young children and adults can relate to it. I had a hard time reading it without tearing up.Published 17 months ago by Shorty