A beautifully expressed, poetic text quotes the sky's messages to a little African-American girl living in a cozy country house. In the winter it urges her to be fed and loved indoors when it spreads sparkling snow, to dance when it blazes orange in the sunset, to dry her tears after the rain crumbles her sand castle because the sun colors will soon break through, to sing away her loneliness when autumn winds swirl, to take a chance when the weather is uncertain, and in the wide, dark blue velvet night to realize that all have room to live in peace. The afterword is Psalm 19:1-4a. Dramatic double- page spreads in brilliant watercolors, pastels and liquid acrylics show the little girl from many angles: at her easel admiring a blue-white winter landscape, twirling in yellow draperies, woeful at the beach, knee deep in crisp golden leaves, triumphant on the day she learns to ride her bike, catching and releasing gleaming fireflies, and hugging her toy animals, snug in her bed. 2000, Eerdmans, $17.00. Ages 3 to 7. Reviewer: Patricia Dole
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-In this poetically written picture book, Carlstrom continues the spiritual theme that she began in Does God Know How to Tie Shoes? (Eerdmans, 1993). A little girl looks to the sky for answers about the natural world. The sky reminds her to look outside at the snow, to dance in the sunset, to smile at the sunshine after the rain, to sing in the wind, and to "Listen to this bright shining earth!" Ladwig's watercolor illustrations are breathtaking, realistic portrayals of a child full of love for life. Each picture is infused with a sense of joy and glory. While the religious foundation of the book is ambiguous, Psalm 19:1-4a, listed on the last page of the book, helps readers to see the author's inspiration: "-the skies proclaim the work of God's hands-."-Be Astengo, Alachua County Library, Gainesville, FL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
From The Critics
Nancy Carlstrom's delightful, imaginative, and engaging text perfectly captures the wonder of watching the sky and listening to its many sounds both dramatic and subtle in the changing seasons and in all kinds of weather. Tim Ladwig's artwork is as memorable as his subject matter and perfectly suited capturing the imagination and attention of a child. What Does The Sky Say? is an enthusiastically recommended picturebook for family, school, and community library collections and reading lists for young, inquiring minds.