There are times when a full moon will guide you a storm will excite you and a big blue sky will inspire you to believe anything is possible. These are a few of the many gifts we receive from the sky and universe when life feels scary and confusing.
Told by a grandmother to her grandchild If You Look Up to the Sky is about the power of everlasting love and the ways the sky connects us through good times and bad. It offers a child comfort in knowing that you never need to be afraid... if you look up to the sky.
Angela Dalton was once a producer of video games and other cool things. She likes to think that she chose writing but the truth is writing chose her. She lives in Oakland California where she spends her time looking up to the sky and writing the stories the universe inspires her to share. If You Look Up to the Sky is her first children's book.
"In this stunning picture book debut from Dalton strikingly painted by veteran illustrator Sikorskaia (Big Cat Little Fox 2018 etc.) a girl sees the wisdom in her grandmother's words across a multitude of beautiful skyscapes.
"A little girl and her grandmother both dark-skinned look into the sky together. The grandmother tells the child that if she's feeling lost but can see the moon through the clouds she will &lsquoknow you're in the place you are meant to be.' If there is no moon that is a moment to learn patience. If there are stars they glow with the child's accomplishments. Each skyscape represents something: A shooting star is the girl's uniqueness a storm shows that even bad moments can be exciting-and will pass clouds are dreams waiting to be dreamed and a cloudless sky shows anything is possible. Sikorskaia's vibrant color choices stretch across double-page spreads each with the girl showing a different aspect of her own personality that reflects the grandmother's wisdom: She is in turn a ballet dancer a hiker a canoe paddler a dreamer and-at the end-a mother with a son of her own sharing what her grandmother told her. The rhythm and cadence of Dalton's prose are beautifully lyrical and the tone is at once forward-looking and nostalgic: The world is full of possibility and those we love are with us always.
"Fosters familial connection and resilience told in luxurious prose with illustrations worth framing." - Kirkus Review