Book Buzz: Blue Sky White Stars
Blue Sky White Stars
Written by Sarvinder Naberhaus, Illustrated by Kadir Nelson
Ages 5-10, Dial Books for Young Readers
Patriotic themes never go out of season. With the kids going back to school in a few weeks, SarvinderNaberhaus’s Blue Sky White Stars is a perfect reintroduction to our country’s history and how the United States flag represents our continually evolving country.
Naberhaus’s simple language weaves a parallel between the colors and history of the American flag and the sometimes peaceful, sometime turbulent history of our country. The text lifts the country’s hard working heritage for all people and honors those that have gone before us in a way that youngsters can understand. By using clever homonyms, Naberhaus describes aspects of U.S. history as metaphors for the various components of the flag and its rich history.
Kadir Nelson’s magnificent and dominant oil on canvas paintings provide images of the majesty of the American flag in a way that revers its history as well as providing a beacon of freedom for future generations. The colors are stunning. Nelson paints a panorama of the American landscape as seen through the history of the U.S. flag.
As school is about to begin, it’s time to help children prepare for the routine of homework and the inevitable testing. Blue Sky White Stars is a wonderful book to use as a prompt for American history discussions with a classroom or individually with a child and parent. A clever adult will have other resources available to continue the discussion in an entertaining way. What a great learning and bonding opportunity!
Chuck Galey writes and illustrates picture books. Visit his website to see what he’s up to at www.chuckgaley.com.