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Blue Sky

3.50  ·  Rating Details  ·  264 Ratings  ·  60 Reviews
Bestselling author/illustrator Audrey Wood uses simple words and stunning art to celebrate the ever-changing sky.

In Audrey Wood's bright, new concept book, a child and his family experience the fun of a sunny-sky day at the beach, then the electricity of a thunder-storm sky, and finally the magical delight of a rainbow sky. After the night sky fills up with stars, readers
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by The Blue Sky Press
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Sep 17, 2012 Carolynne rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books, nature
Only two words on each double page spread--and one of them is "sky"! This joyful little book reminds me of concrete poetry, because the words reflect the meaning: the words "starry sky" are written in little stars, for instance, and the glowing orange words "sunset sky" appear just above the equally glowing horizon. The publisher did not provide information about the illustrations, but they appear to be pastel crayon on textured paper. Pair this with Wood's own The Deep Blue Sea: a Book of Colo ...more
Nov 13, 2012 Kathryn rated it liked it

A cute concept. It follows a family as they experience many different skies, from "Blue Sky" to "Sunset Sky" to "Rainbow Sky" to "Starry Sky"--each page has only two words. The illustrations are beautiful in terms of the colors, but the style of the characters was not to my taste. I might have liked the book better overall with a different style (maybe a Marla Frazee or Robin Preiss Glasser family?) but I did appreciate the effort as well as some of the details (the little stuffed anima
May 02, 2012 Barbara rated it liked it
Shelves: families, ncbla2013
This attractively illustrated picture book celebrates the beauty and wonder and infinitely changeable sky above us through simple text. Like the characters in the book, readers see a sky whose blue hues fill the upper part of the pages as well as pictures that show a rainy sky, a stormy sky, even a sky drenched with the sun's yellow rays and orange glow as the sun heads down the horizon. Through all the pages, various members of one family relish the colors as they take time to look up, not down ...more
Karah Webb
WOW! Can I just start off by saying that I loved this book and it should have gotten a Caldecott award! The illustrations within this book are amazingly done! This would be a perfect fit for the Caldecott criteria because the pictures alone make the story come to life, where the words are a minuscule part. Even though the words are just letting the reader know what kind of sky they are looking at, the words are incorporated into the pictures. The words themselves do not take away from the artwor ...more
Memory Kopp
Feb 25, 2014 Memory Kopp rated it liked it
This book by Audrey Wood is a great story of a family experiencing the fun and beauty of the sky. Each two page spread shows a different type of sky. There is a cloudy sky with the words “could sky” written in puffy cloud form. There is a page full of rain with the words “rain sky” written in rain drops. You can almost feel the heat from the sun and hear the thunder and lightning from the storm. The pictures are done with such texture using chalk like pastel and show all kinds of detail from the ...more
Jan 06, 2014 Roben rated it really liked it
I think this is a wonderful book for the PreK crowd. It follows a family's day at the beach by looking at the sky. I especially enjoyed the night time illustrations. A good choice for bed time reading or for a quiet story time read-aloud.
Denise Kettering
This book is beautifully illustrated and simple for small children to follow as there are only two words per page. The story follows a child and stuffed toy through a family's life and vacation. My son loved looking at the pictures over and over again.
Rachel Placchetti
Age: Toddler-prek.

A perfect book for "reading" together, with lots of opportunities to talk and learn new vocabulary. I love reading this with my preschool storytime crowd.

Read at Books Before Bedtime on July 28, 2015.
We both really liked this one (my 3 year old and me). I've come across so many books recently with exceptional illustrations, that I keep seeking them out, hungry for more. We're quite fond of other Audrey Wood books, such as Quick as a Cricket, so when I saw Blue Sky displayed in the "New" shelf at the library I grabbed it. The text is super simple, two words per page spread. But these simple descriptions of sky take you through a whole day of events and atmosphere, and the illustrations are si ...more
Feb 23, 2014 Christina rated it liked it
Shelves: oppl
Very little text, but beautiful illustrations. Interesting 'skies'- 'Rainbow sky', 'Wish sky', 'Dream sky', 'Star sky and more traditional ones- 'Storm sky', 'Moon sky', 'Sunset sky', 'Rain sky', 'Cloud sky
Mar 27, 2014 Robin rated it liked it
Lots of great concepts in this simple picture book. Can be used for many different topics but today its title is the draw for me!
Shows the different ways the sky looks. Encourages experiencing and understanding surroundings.
Nov 21, 2015 JaNeal rated it really liked it
Shelves: speech-helps
This is a very simple book. It works well for the initial "sk" sound.
Maria Burel
May 06, 2012 Maria Burel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Audrey Wood's newest creation contains very few words. In fact, there are only two words on each 2-page spread. While its simplicity of text means that Preschooler can “read” and enjoy this book both with and without my presence, it’s the illustrations that tell the story.

And the illustrations? ARE. STUNNING.

Each spread shows a new sky, from dawn till dark, that comes with sun, rain, storms, and rainbows. It’s easy to be captivated by the sky itself, but don’t forget to also look at the bottom o
Sep 18, 2013 Grace rated it it was ok
Audrey Wood's picture book, Blue Sky, is a bright and colorful read for young children. I would guess that preschoolers and early elementary students would really enjoy the illustrations. Each page is only accompanied by two words: "Blue Sky", "Rainbow Sky", "Starry Sky", etc. I think this book would work well when trying to teach a young child about the concept of changing weather. Each page shows the sky, from dawn until dark, with rain, sun, and stars. Personally, the illustrations are not m ...more
Jasmine Olivia
Dec 21, 2015 Jasmine Olivia rated it it was amazing
A book for younger children. :)
Dec 21, 2015 Aaliyah rated it it was amazing
Great book for new readers. :)
May 01, 2015 Trista rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Simple text with amazing illustrations.
Jul 24, 2014 Mckinley rated it liked it
Several different types of clouds in the sky.
I wasn't sure what to expect. This wasn't bad. Fun to see the family's adventures progress throughout the day, each with a different sky. I'm a fan of skies--all the different ones. I love to look at them. So I liked that subject. I would never have thought of it as a subject for a book, but it worked well--as only Audrey Wood could do. Not the best storytime choice for me, unless I did some kind of flannel board with it. But could work as a lap-read.
Dec 05, 2012 Jpickering rated it liked it
Blue sky is wonderful for young readers to get a sense of how to notice the little things and to be thankful for it. In Blue sky, it talks about different ways the sky can look to different people. Something so simple that people take for granted and in the book lots of children are noticing it which I think is great. This book provides a sense of different perspectives as well which is something that is needed for every day life.
Jun 15, 2012 Shelli rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Very simple picture book that shows different sky conditions: a blue sky, cloudy sky, moon filed sky. This would be a wonderful book to read with students before having them draw, paint, color, their own version of a rainbow sky. Inspiration can be found anywhere if you choose to look for it. Especially in books!
Feb 24, 2013 Elaine rated it really liked it
A very nice book with each page accompanying colorful and vibrant illustrations of different skies. The kids were observant and enjoyed discussing each page during pre school story time. From my experience, this is a good example of a book which may be easily reviewable by kids after their story time session.
Jan 09, 2012 Nielson rated it liked it
In this simple, bold book, our vision is shifted upwards to the many different colors and moods of the sky. Every illustration is a two page spread with a two word description of what kind of sky it is. Nice book, but not overly impressed with it. This would make a good bedtime book for the little ones.
Apr 25, 2012 Janet rated it liked it
For the youngest, who will learn to read these colorful spreads quickly--only two words per double page spread about all the different types of skies. Great for urban dwellers who may not always be focused on the sky and its changing scenes.
May 22, 2014 Vicki rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture, tiny-tots
A perfect book to fit into the theme of Dream Big Read. I used it for my Tiny Tots group. This book also worked great by asking the children to repeat each short descriptive sentence on each page.
Jun 09, 2015 June rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Parents and caregivers of young children
Recommended to June by: Katie Fitzgerald
Shelves: laptime, beach
Very simple, usually two words to a picture spread, story of different kinds of sky.

Went over very well at lap time.6/26/13

Used again for beach/summer lap time. 6/17/14

Used again.
Jeanette Johnson
Sep 29, 2012 Jeanette Johnson rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is a nice little book for preschoolers. Easy two word description of the sky on different days. This is a simple introduction for a child to different kinds of weather and seasons.
beautiful way to end the day--looking at beautiful pictures of all types of weather and different parts of the day all the way to evening and bedtime and bedtime dreams.
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Audrey Wood studied art and drama at the Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. She has owned an operated a book and import store, taught chldren's drama and art, and traveled throughout Mexico and Guatemala studying Indian folk art. She now lives in Hawaii with her talented family (husband Don and son Bruce, who have both collaborated with Audrey by illustrating some of her books).
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