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I call it sky
Howell, Will C.
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Publication Information:
New York : Walker and Co., 1999.
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 29 cm
Children enjoy the summer breeze, fall fog, winter snow, and spring wind.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.2 0.5 66286.

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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Sometimes wet air gathers in big black bunches of clouds. When the clouds get too heavy, they squeeze out rain.

Even the youngest child has wondered about the weather at one point or another: What is rain, snow, fog, wind, air? Where does it come from? How does it happen?

Simply and thoughtfully, I Call It Sky answers these first questions about weather and celebrates nature in a joyous manner that encourages children to interact with the world around them.

Exuberant, and gloriously illustrated, here is a poetic and visual tribute to something all children share -- the ever-changing atmosphere.

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Booklist Review

Ages 3^-6. First published in Australia, this is a joyful story of friendship between opposites. Henry can't get things right. When everyone around him looks up, he looks down. He ties his shoelaces together and butters the wrong side of his toast. Then he bumps into Amy, who gets everything right. Amy shows Henry what she knows: he learns his right and his left, his front and his back, that the sky is up and the ground is down. And yet, Amy doesn't know it all. The spelled-out message is unnecessary ("Deep down, Amy wished everything she did wasn't so perfect"). In fact, all along, the playful, squiggly ink-and-watercolor pictures have shown that there's fun in disorder, in looking around corners, in not going along with the crowd. Henry teaches Amy about back-to-front and topsy-turvy, and together they learn how to fly. Children will giggle at Henry's bumbling and will understand the discoveries a friend can bring. --Hazel Rochman

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3An attractive and evocative presentation of the concepts of planetary atmosphere and weather. An appealing assortment of boys and girls frolic through various weather phenomena, rejoicing in the taste of snowflakes, the tickly trickle of raindrops, and the cloak of invisibility loaned by fog. On the final double-page spread, a boy explains that Even when I cannot see it/I still know the air is there./It welcomes the sun in the morning/and frames the stars at night./I call it sky. The large, colorful paintings keep step with and solidly reinforce the lyrical language of the first-person text. Combine this inviting, enjoyable introduction with Peter Spiers delightfully squelchy (if wordless) Rain (Doubleday, 1982; o.p.), Patricia Polaccos gently reassuring Thunder Cake (Philomel, 1990), James Stevensons hilarious We Hate Rain (Greenwillow, 1988), Franklyn Branleys competent Air Is All around You (Crowell, 1986; o.p.) and Down Comes the Rain (HarperCollins, 1997), or Ken Robbinss poetic (if more complex) Air (Holt, 1995), and you have the nucleus of a fine whole-language science unit.Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.