In the Space of the Sky

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From a tiny snail shell to the immense blue sky to the infinite expanses of our dreams, this spectacular book takes readers on a poetic journey through the spaces surrounding us in the natural world—and to the inner spaces of our imaginations.
With bold, graphic collage illustrations by bestselling artist Debra Frasier and words by renowned arts educator and poet Richard Lewis, here is a book will remind ...

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Overview

From a tiny snail shell to the immense blue sky to the infinite expanses of our dreams, this spectacular book takes readers on a poetic journey through the spaces surrounding us in the natural world—and to the inner spaces of our imaginations.
With bold, graphic collage illustrations by bestselling artist Debra Frasier and words by renowned arts educator and poet Richard Lewis, here is a book will remind readers young and old of the power the imagination has to change the way we see the world.

A child's poetic view of the world--from the surrounding space of the natural world to the inner world of dreams.

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Editorial Reviews

Kathleen Odean
Striking cut-paper illustrations make the pages of this unusual book resemble elaborate quilt squares. The accompanying poem celebrates nature, starting with the sky—sun, moon, stars and birds—and moving down to the earth—water, plants, animals and humans. Its lyrical lines, though somewhat abstract, gain substance from the illustrations with their sumptuous colors and intriguing shapes. Children with a poetic bent and parents hoping to instill a love of nature will appreciate this tribute to the natural world.
Publishers Weekly
Lewis (In a Spring Garden) asks readers to contemplate the world as a series of spaces filled with imagery, to consider the sky as "a field for the sun" and "a sea for the moon" and the earth as "hills bending, waters gathering, seeds opening." A child's dream in the final scene brings earth and sky together. The hypnotic mood inspires Frasier's (On the Day You Were Born) elaborately graphic cut-paper illustrations arranged in quilt-like spreads. The sun becomes an interlocking pattern of sunflowers, small plants, rays and whorls in one spread; in another, the sky swirls in a giant spiral of flying birds ("There / in the space of the sky/ are paths of birds,/ rivers of air,/ gardens/ of light"). Verbal and visual cues throughout keep readers on track throughout this meditation: Lewis repeatedly uses "here" and "there," as if to indicate where to focus one's attention, and Frasier repeats her nature motifs from picture to picture (the stylized birds, for example, appear both in flight and perching) in a rhythmic ode to nature. All ages. (Apr.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-Lewis's spare, poetic vision is too abstract for its intended audience: "There-in the space of the sky are paths of birds, rivers of air, gardens of light-growing into day, growing into night." The vastness of the universe is initially contrasted with the closeness of a snail, bird, and house, but then the house becomes "there," and the entering child slips into "here" (an implied everywhere) in the world of a dream, a confusing concept and sequence for children. Frasier's Matisse-like collages of the heavens and earth are vibrant and energetic; her frequent use of spirals relates to the author's cosmic comments. While the forms on the double-page spreads can be enjoyed at any age, the total effect is lost on young listeners. Try titles by Frank Asch or Robert Louis Stevenson for more concrete approaches to complex natural phenomena.-Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Frasier's (Miss Alaineus, 2000, etc.) bright yellow, orange, red, green, and blue collages of cut paper set in quilt-like designs are dazzling. Birds, flowers, leaves, a snail, the sun, the moon, and stars are all arranged in swirls of color, bound together with paper stitches that add to the color and sense of movement. Undeniably beautiful, they overwhelm the spare, contemplative poem that they accompany. "There-in the space of the sky is a field for the sun, / a sea for the moon, / clouds where storms can hide, / stars where silence sings." The words are lovely to read aloud. In the end a child goes "into my house . . . And here-in the space of my dream, / I see all of the earth and all of the sky." The illustrations do not express the distance that these words imply. The poem and the illustrations are each lovely on their own. Together, they result in sensory overload that limits rather than expands the imagination. (Picture book/poetry. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152531508
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/1/1902
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.96 (w) x 10.92 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

RICHARD LEWIS has written and edited several books for children, including All of You Was Singing, an ALA Notable Children's Book, and In a Spring Garden. He lives in New York City.

DEBRA FRASIER is the author and illustrator of the modern classic On the Day You Were Born. Her other award-winning picture books include Out of the Ocean, winner of the Southeast Booksellers Association Children's Book Award, and Miss Alaineus: A Vocabulary Disaster, an IRA Teachers' Choice and an IRA-CBC Children's Choice. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Vero Beach, Florida.

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