Seeing Sky-Blue Pink
Plenty of things make eight-year-old Maddie nervous: her too-small feet, climbing high places, not always knowing what to say, and especially her new home in the Virginia countryside with Sam, her mom’s new husband. To her surprise, Sam turns out to understand all those things and more—like how to learn the weather from a cat, what kind of treasure you can find at the dump, and where to find a color called sky-blue pink. Through her growing bond with Sam, Maddie finds the courage to face many of her fears and the wisdom to see things she never believed could be real.
|Interest Level||Grade 3 - Grade 5|
|Reading Level||Grade 4|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Carolrhoda Books ®|
|Reading Counts! Level||3.0|
|Reading Counts! Points||6.0|
- ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award Finalist Honorable Mention
“. . .watching Maddie warm up to her new home and her new father is rewarding in its own quiet way.” —Booklist
School Library Journal
“With well-drawn characters, honestly expressed emotions, and a genuinely childlike perspective, this is a gentle, soothing story about trust and acceptance.” —School Library Journal
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
“Like the author’s More Than a Name (BCCB 9/95), this is a gentle, unabashedly positive story of a nascent stepfather-stepdaughter relationship. The chapters are short and sweet, suitable for reading aloud or alone; though Sam is a little idealized, he’s awfully endearing, while Maddie’s unease about moving and her more subtextually indicated anxiety about trusting another father figure are respectfully depicted. Youngsters longing for some paternal attention of their own or looking for reassurance as they enter their own step families will find this an affectionate and bolstering chapter book.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Author: Candice Ransom
Candice Ransom is the author of 150 books for children. She holds an MFA from Vermont College and an MA in children's literature from Hollins University. She currently teaches in Hollins University's graduate program in children's literature.