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When the Sky is Like Lace Hardcover – June 3, 2004

4.8 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews

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Cooney's cheeky, ethereal watercolors of otters eating pasta and rabbits playing dominos are a big part of Like Lace's appeal. The rest of its charm owes to the bewitching text by Elinor Lander Horwitz, who writes in the tradition of nonsense literature, like Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear . . . It evokes summer evenings of tingling possibility . . . --Downeast Magazine

Such a story deserves fantastic illustrations, and there they are an unforgettable feast for the eyes. --The Vermont Country Sampler

. . . an original creation which survives on the power of its mood. Imaginative children with their own night fantasies may well blend this vision with their dreams. --New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year (1975) --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

Book Description

Barbara Cooney (1917-2000) was a renowned children’s book author and illustrator who published more than 100 books. Born in Brooklyn, NY, she lived much of her life in Maine and focused often on the culture and landscape of that state, and her artistic style portrayed a rural New England full of peaceful tranquility. A two-time winner of the Caldecott Medal, she was the recipient of countless other honors and distinctions, and was declared a “Living Treasure of the State of Maine” in 1996. She once said, “Of all the books I have done, Miss Rumphius, Island Boy, and Hattie and the Wild Waves are the closest to my heart. These three are as near as I will ever come to an autobiography.” --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile; First Edition edition (June 3, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670059099
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670059096
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.4 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,761,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on January 1, 2002
Format: Hardcover
My children grew up loving this book and I love sharing it with them. Many evenings were spent reading the imaginative text ("the fern deep grove at the midnight end of the garden" and grass that "feels like the velvet inside a very old violin case")and savoring the exquisite illustrations. Both words and pictures never failed to transport us to a mystical, magical place. The interactive style of writing draws the readers into the story making them integral characters. Every child should have the opportunity to dream and have the fun of choosing (among other things) juggling peaches, pretending to be a helicopter and jumping up and down in the mud. Although my children are now grown, the three of us can still quote lines (actually, we can practically recite the book verbatim). None of us can hear the "Mexican Hat Dance" without thinking of the otter's song. We tresure our copy and look forward to reading it to the next generation and introducing them to the "strange splendid" things that happen when the sky is like lace. Just for insurance (in case anything should happen to our well worn and well loved copy), I purchased a used copy for an outrageous price, but it is worth every penny. How I wish this book would come back into print. I would buy copies for every child I know. Gracious, I have developed a craving for spaghetti with pineapple sauce!
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Format: Hardcover
So I was ABOUT to pay $132 for an out of print version of this book when I saw it had been reprinted!!! I feel like its Christmas. This was my FAVORITE book as a child. I have an old color photocopy that I have read every day to my 13 months old since he was 6 months old. Its SO battered and falling apart - but he still picks it to have me read to him every time. He LOVES it. If you want for you and your little one to be transported to where everything is strange splendid and plum perfect - GET this book. It is pure magic. I am going to buy copies for everyone I know with kids!
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Format: Library Binding
When the Sky is Like Lace by Elinor Lander Horwitz should absolutely be reissued. I can't believe that it is out of print. A friend is having a baby shower and out of the hundred books my two year old loves to hear, this is an absolute favorite. We regularly read him my husband's copy from childhood and I wanted to be able to share this with my friend's child. The story is fabulous, fanciful, rhythmic, and utterly beyond my imagination. The drawings are so deeply rooted to the story that they seem to move as you read along (such as when the trees "eucalyptus" or when the sky is "bimulous"). I am so grateful to my mother-in-law for tucking this book away for all those years. Please please someone reissue this book so more children can relish the fantastic images and situations it creates for us. Much gratitude to the author for her tremendous gift that she shared with us back in 1975 and that I will continue to extend to other children as my son and his friends grow.
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Format: Hardcover
Both the young and the young-at-heart will adore this wonderful and wondrous book. The bewitchingly lyrical text is complemented sublimely by the beautiful illustrations. My two children couldn't put their copies down and nor could I.
Every child should have the good fortune to be gifted with "When The Sky Is Like Lace". This book is a perfect - and delightfully "different" - gift for every occasion, from birthdays to baby showers. It's a rarity amongst children's books - a true keeper that will become a family favorite for generations to come.
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Lewis Carroll lives on in the *BIMULOUS* sky created by Elinor Lander Horwitz and illustrator Barbara Cooney. It probably rates as one of the top ten picture books among readers who agitate for reprints! And how satisfying to report success!

If children as young as three years old clamor to have 'lacy skies' read to them, I wonder if it is primarily for the fascinating, mystical illustrations, OR, are little ones swept away by the language that seems to have descended from the 'nonsense rhymes' of Lewis Carroll? The fantasy in "When The Sky Is Like Lace" is carried along by both words and paintings, and the vocabulary is eagerly, laughingly adopted into the language of children - - and adult readers, too. Barbara Cooney was an author-illustrator with an enthusiastic 'following' who champion favorite titles, such as "Roxaboxen," "Miss Rumpius", "Island Boy." In this lovely book the three girls glide barefoot over grass that "feels like the velvet inside a very old violin case" and svelte otters dance like humans.

"If you see the man in the moon wink - especially through a clean white handkerchief - YOU may soon see a BIMULOUS SKY" and be wafted away to memorable adventures. Brought forth are wonderful RULES - - for what to eat on those nights, what to sing, the kinds of gifts that are appropriate to exchange (my favorite being "anything chartreuse") . All the senses are heightened by the artists's line & color that blends so perfectly with the words of Elinor Horwitz. Reviewer mcHAIKU would write more but on the author's advice I have chosen to ride a camel bareback (while juggling three peaches).
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