Title: The Blue Sky

Author:  Andrea Petrlik Huseinović

Illustrator:  Andrea Petrlik Huseinović

Huseinović, A. P. (​2001) The Blue Sky. Croatia: Kasmir Promet.

ISBN: 953-6613377

International Book -- 2001

Audience: Grades 2-3

Reading Level: Ages 7-9

Genre:  Fiction / Modern Fantasy

Summary:  This story is about a young girl who doesn't fit into the world she lives in. She finds it difficult to get and give love to those around her. The one thing she really wants, she can't have the love of her birth mother again. She lost her mother at a young age. One day, she meets a bird that may be able to help her reconnect with her mother. The little girl continues on this journey throughout the story. 

Likes: I really enjoyed the illustrations in this story. The colors kept with the mood of the story and included many pictures. 

Dislikes:  I believe the overall message of the story may be a little heavy and depressing even though students deal with abandonment and independence daily. The ending of the story had a meaning, but I disliked the ending as it may be confusing to children. 

Curriculum Connection:

2.RL.1: Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text. 

2.RL.3: Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

2.RI.8: Describe how reasons support specific points the author makes in a text.

2.RF.4: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

2.SL.2: Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.

Promoting Literacy Development: