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Book Buzz: Blue Sky White Stars

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

About The Author

Chuck Galey

Chuck Galey has drawn all his life. “I had everything I needed growing up in a small farm town in the Mississippi Delta; a pencil, a piece of paper and a long-winded Baptist preacher.” He has illustrated over seventy educational books and eleven children’s picture books, one that he authored. When he is not working on books in his studio in Jackson, Mississippi, he is presenting exciting school programs that inspire and astonish students. His programs, listed on the Mississippi Arts Commission’s Teaching Artist Roster, encourage them to be creative in their reading, writing and art. For additional information about Chuck , visit his website:

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