Seeing Sky-Blue Pink

Seeing Sky-Blue Pink
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October 01, 2007
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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.

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Ransom, Candice. 2007. Seeing Sky Blue Pink.

"How about a wheelbarrow ride?" Sam asked. He tamped the earth around the base of the dogwood tree he had just planted.

Maddie is a young girl--8 to be exact--who is making some adjustments. Her mother has just remarried (Sam is her stepfather), and they've just moved to the country. She had been used to having perfect days with her mother. And quite honestly, she's not sure that perfect days can happen in the country, in her new home, with her new dad. The narrative takes place over the course of one summer. A summer that turns out to have quite a good number of perfect days. The writing, the characters, everything about this one is just right. Maddie's voice is authentic as can be. And I'm thrilled at the portrayal of good stepfather. So often in books (though more in YA books than kids books) the stepparent still carries the stigma of being "evil" or "mean." Sam is good through and through. And his growing relationship with his new daughter is a gem. This is a portrait of a happy--but all-too-human family.

I loved this book. And I definitely recommend it!
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