"There is a little town in Iowa. It is surrounded by farms. One day you might go there and hear the noon whistle blow—and see the water tower, tin soldier tall, and sky all around."
Sky All Around celebrates the charms of a farming town in Iowa, with daring crop dusters, trains of grain and nights of noisy silences. The book, at once realistic and lyrical, blooms with evocative watercolors by illustrator Dustin Kelly.
"With school buses parked and spelling quizzes done, it was time for a blue lake
vacation under the sun. I frolicked in thick water until I was sandy."
Blue Lake Days follows a little girl on her vacation at Lake Okoboji. The playful text paired with the imaginative illustrations by illustrator Sara Fletcher creates a picture book that is both amusing to read and captivating to behold.
"It's so great they're so huge, because when you go back,
that's how it is."
A friend commenting
about the stars
on the last page
of Blue Lake Days.
Sky All Around by Sarah Shey.
Illustrated by Dustin Kelly.
Trafford Publishing, June 2005.
ISBN: 1-4120-4377-8. Pages: 16. $12.
Blue Lake Days by Sarah Shey.
Illustrated by Sara Fletcher.
Trafford Publishing, June 2006.
ISBN: 1-4120-7926-8. Pages: 20.
SARA FLETCHER was raised in New York, near Lake Erie. She and her one sister loved their many pets, a total of two dogs and five cats. Lavender was her favorite color. The illustrator earned her BFA in ceramic sculpture from Alfred University, a post-baccalaureate certificate from Brandeis University and her MFA in painting from the University of Iowa. She has exhibited work in Massachusetts, New York and Iowa.
DUSTIN KELLY was born in West Union, Iowa, and raised in nearby Elkader, Iowa. He has two brothers and two sisters. Minger, a Siamese cat, lived with his family. He really liked Frank Asch's Popcorn when he was little. Kelly received his BFA in sculpture from the University of Iowa and moved to California to earn his MFA in sculpture from the California College of the Arts. He has exhibited work in California and Iowa.