When the Sky is Like Lace
|June 2, 2015||Posted by admin under Adventure, Children's Lit, Fantasy, Picture Book|
Written by Elinor Lander Horwitz | Illustrated by Barbara Cooney | Published by Islandport Press | Distributed by Nimbus Publishing
Reviewed by Christa McGrath
When the Sky is Like Lace was originally published in 1975 but has made a re-emergence in recent years. It is a strange little tale about how three young girls leave their house one “bimulous” night to experience peculiar things that only occur when the sky is like lace. Things like otters singing, snails marching, and trees dancing. They even eat weird food combinations like spaghetti and pineapple sauce (well, that seems a little weird to me!). Reading in between the lines, readers may learn that the sky really is the limit, that it is okay (and fun) to dream, and that life can be full of choices.
At 32 pages, the author uses bewitching poetic-like text and beautiful watercolor pictures that complement each other wonderfully. The reader’s senses will reach full bloom while they are being whisked away into a perfectly bimulous night. This story is dreamlike, enchanting, and even haunting. Children between the ages of 4-7 will likely enjoy learning about all the fun and mysteriousness that can only happy on a bimulous night when the sky is like lace. I think this odd little book can become a true family treasure with its unique way of harnessing imaginations and curious minds.