It Fell from the Sky
It fell from the sky on a Thursday.
None of the insects know where it came from, or what it is. Some say it’s an egg. Others, a gumdrop. But whatever it is, it fell near Spider’s house, so he’s convinced it belongs to him.
Spider builds a wonderous display so that insects from far and wide can come look at the marvel. Spider has their best interests at heart. So what if he has to charge a small fee? So what if the lines are long? So what if no one can even see the wonder anymore?
But what will Spider do after everyone stops showing up?
What I loved: The artwork here is really stunning. Most images in the book are in black and white, with detailed insects, grass, and plants all around. The marble is in sharp, colorful relief, demonstrating all its wonder and magic and reflecting the story as it unfolds. The story is really intriguing with themes around greed, selfishness, and economics. Spider has quite the business and can raise his rates - until he can't. The end of the story seems to show how he has changed his ways and can create a platform for further discussion from young readers.
What left me wanting more: It was not entirely clear how things changed at the end. There are new wonders that Spider catches and displays, but I think it does not seem that he is charging anymore. Especially for younger readers, it would be helpful to have this spelled out more clearly.
Final verdict: With sweeping and elegant illustrations, IT FELL FROM THE SKY is a thought-provoking and intriguing picture book.