The perfect book. Blue Sky White Stars by Sarvinder Naberhaus captures the heart of America. The stunning illustrations by Kadir Nelson make the simple text explode with meaning. It is history:
White Rows. White Rows
When I turned to this page, I choked up. Two words, and two important stories. How can one not talk about the white rows of covered wagons traveling west? It is a part of American history. And, how can one not talk about the white rows on the American flag? Purity and innocence. It’s an open door to learn about the flag. It is the heart of America:
All American. All American
Baseball, a veteran granddad with his grandson; this is “All American.” In the words of the illustrator, “It beautifully draws parallels between the American landscape, the diversity of its people, and the symbolism stitched into the fabric.”
Yes, it does! I like to think that the fabric encompasses far more than the flag; our foundation, our values, our community. And, our big, wide, wonderful landscape:
Old Glory. Old Glory.
I hadn’t thought about the Grand Canyon as “Old Glory.” Nor had I thought about fireworks as “Old Glory.” As soon as I saw this page, I understood. Those words are the nickname for the American flag, yet they are so much more. You see, while the flag is a symbol of our country, so are many other things. We are a nation of many people. The author thought of the deep blue sky dotted with white stars that the early immigrants saw coming to America. That was the inspiration for the book. We are one nation:
Sew together won nation. So together one nation.
Powerful words. Let’s remember what is most important; being one, being together. That is the greatest strength.
Funny thing~ I teach this to my preschoolers every single day. We are one, we are a family. We are all different, yet we come to the table together. I cannot wait to read this book to my new class of children in September. Oh, we will stop at least a hundred times to talk. There is so much to learn.