When Emily is 10-years-old her mother is diagnosed with cancer, and by the time Emily has turned 11, her mother will be gone. But in the last months of their life together, Emily and her mother find a way to celebrate and commemorate their relationship. Together, they gather, "sky memories," mental pictures of the sky in all of its beauty and diversity. Although she will lose her mother, Emily's memories of their life will be forever.
Ten exquisite paintings by acclaimed artist Wendell Minor accompany the poignant story.
About the Author
Wendell Minor is a much-celebrated artist who has illustrated countless children's books and jacket paintings for both adult and children's novels. He has received more than 250 professional awards, and his work has been exhibited across the United States. He and his wife reside in Connecticut.
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We stood there, holding hands and staring at the late-September sky. The wind blew our hair across our cheeks and stirred up the smell of damp earth and fallen leaves. Just then a flock of birds flew across the scene, as though we had planned it that way.
"When you think you're really seeing everything, squeeze my hand. That will be like the click of the camera."
I stood very still for about fifteen seconds; then I squeezed my mother's hand.
"Click!" we said together, and laughed. "I love you, munchkin," she said.
"I love you, too, Mom," I told her.
She was right about that patch of blue sky: The day got nicer and nicer as it wore on.
That was my first sky memory, and I'll never forget it, because the very next day my mother found out she had cancer.