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  • 10/2017
  • 9781592988280
  • 24 pages
  • $17.95
If You Look Up to the Sky
There are times when a full moon will guide you, a storm will excite you, and a big, blue sky will inspire you to believe anything is possible. These are a few of the many gifts we receive from the sky and universe when life feels scary and confusing. Told by a grandmother to her grandchild, If You Look Up to the Sky is about the power of everlasting love and the ways the sky connects us through good times and bad. It offers a child comfort in knowing that you never need to be afraid... if you look up to the sky.
Reviews
In a gentle story about family, memory, and interconnectedness, a narrator recalls the words spoken to her by her grandmother when she was a child, urging her to seek perspective and assurance by looking at the sky. Sikorskaia’s luminous, milky paintings depict a brown-skinned child on a beach, watching an approaching storm and holding glowing, fireflylike constellations within her hands. She grows older and is seen sitting in a rowboat in a bay, pointing up at the shapes made by clouds: “If you look up to the sky and see big, billowing clouds, find as many shapes as you can. It’s the universe’s way of helping you create new dreams.” She also gazes out over an expanse of rocky canyons set against “a sea of blue.” Finally, the child is fully grown, with her own son; the two look up at the moon to see the kind face of her grandmother, watching over them from above: “Know that you will always find me in the brightness of the full moon.” Writing with tenderness and warmth, Dalton emphasizes that that there is comfort to be found in both the memories of lost loved ones and in the great expanse of the universe. Ages 4–8. (BookLife)
Midwest Book Review

"If You Look Up to the Sky" is charming picture book story for children ages 5 - 6 by author Angela Dalton and illustrator Margarita Sikorskaia about the power of everlasting love and the ways the sky connects us through good times and bad. "If You Look Up to the Sky" offers a child comfort in knowing that you never need to be afraid, not if you can look up to the sky. "If You Look Up to the Sky" is a beautifully crafted and highly recommended addition for family, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections.

News
04/17/2018
If You Look Up to the Sky Wins Independent Publisher Book Award

If You Look Up to the Sky has received another honor, this time from the Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY Awards). The debut children's book from author Angela Dalton was awarded a Gold medal for the Children's Book (7 & Under) category. 

04/06/2018
If You Look Up to the Sky Wins Two IBPA Ben Franklin Awards

On April 6, 2018, If You Look Up to the Sky by Angela Dalton received two IBPA Ben Franklin awards. For her debut picture book, Dalton was awarded Gold for the Best New Voice in Children's/YA category and Silver for Children's Book 4 to 7. 

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Hardcover Details
  • 10/2017
  • 9781592988280
  • 24 pages
  • $17.95

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