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Sky Blue Accident/Accidente celeste (Bilingual: English and Spanish)
     

Sky Blue Accident/Accidente celeste (Bilingual: English and Spanish)

by Jorge Elias Lujan, Piet Grobler (Illustrator), Elisa Amado (Translator)
 

This sweetly whimsical book describes a little boy who falls from his bicycle and crashes into the sky. The sky shatters, but the little boy puts some of the broken pieces into his pocket and, in the end, saves the day. The combination of Jorge Luján’s nonsense rhymes are well served in Elisa Amado's translation, while Piet Grobler’s illustrations

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This sweetly whimsical book describes a little boy who falls from his bicycle and crashes into the sky. The sky shatters, but the little boy puts some of the broken pieces into his pocket and, in the end, saves the day. The combination of Jorge Luján’s nonsense rhymes are well served in Elisa Amado's translation, while Piet Grobler’s illustrations are a delightfully playful treat for eyes and ears.

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Children's Literature - Ken Marantz
The very brief, poetic text in English and Spanish tells a strange, dream-like story. Our young narrator takes off on his bicycle one day and crashes "into the sky," hiding its broken pieces in his pocket. When he shows them to his teacher, she grows wings and flies out the window, purse in hand. Clouds stumble around; the moon directs traffic; the children paint a new sky, which he completes by giving them "bits of the real one." Grobler's pastel and gouache imagery is a fine match for the surreal text. The drawings are very child-like, with little attempt to create contexts for the characters. Heads are too big for bodies; smiling mouths are full of teeth. An odd bird with striped stocking adds to the mystery. Readers will have to free their imaginations to participate in recreating this story.
School Library Journal

K-Gr 1
"Once on a misty morning I crashed into the sky, then hid its broken pieces in my pocket." What would normally be just a bad fall off his bike propels a young boy into the wild blue yonder. Luján follows the boy's adventure through his crash, setting in motion a series of celestial happenings. "Lost clouds stumbled around bumbling into corners, while the moon directed traffic through empty spaces." Teachers fly and clouds wander aimlessly, and the moon must redirect all. Wide-eyed children are surrounded by their childlike scribblings of chalk and crayon houses or birds on pages washed in a deep azure coat of color. Simple images in gouache and pastel record the dreamlike sequences, while children run up ladders to paint the heavens and share in the final insertion of the last triangle of replaced sky. The brief poetic and bilingual text is complemented with art that's sure to spark the imagination.
—Mary ElamCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780888998057
Publisher:
Groundwood Books
Publication date:
04/26/2007
Edition description:
Bilingual Edition: English & Spanish
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

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