Bright Sky, Starry City

Bright Sky, Starry City

Written by: Krishnaswami, Uma
Illustrated by: Sicuro, Aimée
ages 6 to 9 / grades 1 to 4

A little girl and her father have an opportunity to appreciate the wonders of the night sky.

Phoebe helps her dad set up telescopes on the sidewalk outside his store. It’s a special night — Saturn and Mars are going to appear together in the sky. But will Phoebe be able to see them with all the city lights?

Raindrops begin to fall, followed by lightning and thunder. Phoebe is filled with disappointment as she and her father hurry inside to wait out the storm.

But suddenly the power fails and then, amazingly, the rain and clouds disappear. Phoebe and her dad and all kinds of people spill into the street. And there, in the bright night sky, the splendor of the planets and a multitude of stars are revealed for all to see.

An illustrated afterword includes information about the solar system, planetary conjunctions and rings, moons, telescopes and light pollution. A glossary and recommended further reading are also included.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.3
Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.1
Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.7
Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.

A little girl and her father have an opportunity to appreciate the wonders of the night sky.

Phoebe helps her dad set up telescopes on the sidewalk outside his store. It’s a special night — Saturn and Mars are going to appear together in the sky. But will Phoebe be able to see them with all the city lights?

Raindrops begin to fall, followed by lightning and thunder. Phoebe is filled with disappointment as she and her father hurry inside to wait out the storm.

But suddenly the power fails and then, amazingly, the rain and clouds disappear. Phoebe and her dad and all kinds of people spill into the street. And there, in the bright night sky, the splendor of the planets and a multitude of stars are revealed for all to see.

An illustrated afterword includes information about the solar system, planetary conjunctions and rings, moons, telescopes and light pollution. A glossary and recommended further reading are also included.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.3
Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.1
Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.7
Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.

Published By Groundwood Books Ltd — May 1, 2015
Specifications 32 pages | 8.9 in x 10.88 in
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Written By

UMA KRISHNASWAMI is the author of more than twenty books for children, from picture books (The Girl of the Wish Garden, Bright Sky, Starry City and Out of the Way! Out of the Way!), through novels for young readers (The Grand Plan to Fix Everything).Her books have been published in eleven languages and have been picked for Junior Library Guild selections, CCBC Choices, Parents’ Choice, IRA’s Notable Books for a Global Society, the Scientific American Young Readers’ Book Award, Bank Street Best Books of the Year and the Paterson Prize. Originally published in India, Book Uncle and Me won the Scholastic Asian Book Award. 

Born in New Delhi, Uma teaches at Vermont College of Fine Arts in the MFA program in writing for children and young adults.

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Audience ages 6 to 9 / grades 1 to 4
Reading Levels Lexile AD770L
Key Text Features afterword; glossary; further reading; diagrams
Common Core CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.1
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.7
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.3