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Blue Sky White Stars Hardcover – June 13, 2017
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Praise for Blue Sky, White Stars
* "Many readers will feel that this book looks like the America they know." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "Though ostensibly a picture book for younger children, this has the ability to reach a much broader audience, and spark discussion of hopes and fears. It’s hard to imagine a book better suited to this time." —Booklist, starred review
* "Naberhaus and Nelson give new life to Old Glory for the youngest of readers." —Kirkus, starred review
* "Timely homage to the relationship among America's majesty, its hopefulness and diversity, and its flag." —School Library Journal, starred review
About the Author
Sarvinder Naberhaus is the author of Boom Boom and Lines. Lines, a *Starred Review book--follows the same profound yet simple text, similar to Blue Sky White Stars--STEM for the young.
Kadir Nelson is an acclaimed artist and the illustrator of several New York Times bestselling picture books, including his authorial debut We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball, which won a Coretta Scott King Award and a Sibert Medal. Kadir has received three additional Coretta Scott King Awards and five Coretta Scott King honors. He has also received two Caldecott Honors, for Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad and Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom, and has twice received the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work.
Top customer reviews
In one of my favorite spreads of the book, Kadir created an amazingly strong image from Sarvinder's use of the homonym: "Sew Together Won Nation/ So Together One Nation." This sentiment, and the image of our country united as one, is poignant . Throughout the book, the images and the sparse, but precisely and expertly chosen text, are blended together beautifully.
Sarvinder and Kadir wove iconic images of America - The Statute of Liberty, The Grand Canyon, an Eagle, and the moon landing - with diverse images of strong, proud, Americans of all ages working together toward freedom through - the Civil War, World War II, and the Civil Rights movement. Each pair of images is accompanied by a patriotic sentiment. For instance, "All American" represents a baseball game and a World War II Veteran, listening to a radio broadcast of the game with his grandson.
This book is a treasure on its own and an excellent means of starting a discussion of what our nation's symbols stand for and the unity and freedoms for which so many have fought (are fighting). This is a book that will appeal not only to kids, and teachers, but to a larger audience as well.
This is one of the most patriotic picture books I have ever seen. The words are so simple and yet speak so profoundly of all that the United States holds dear. The illustrations for these words are truly exceptional. Each page is a wonder, and turning the pages is like visiting a gallery of Nelson’s work. They are filled with the faces of America, symbols of our nation, and the beauty of the land.
Awe inspiring, patriotic and grand, this picture book is superb. Appropriate for ages 3-7.
I was moved by the spread of "Old Glory": the Grand Canyon on one side, and on the other the Old Glory flag flying in New York - with Twin Towers standing tall. Brought tears to my eyes..
At the end of the book there was a notation that further information could be obtained on the author's website. I wish that information was contained in the book. I always find it helpful when a book can be read on its face and then in more detail. If I buy a book I want to look at a paper book, not have to turn on a computer. I really would like the further details but I want them in the book, not have to go to a website.