THE SKY IS THE LIMIT by Lisa Swerling


A Celebration of All the Things You Can Do
Age Range: 4 - 6
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A simple exhortation to young children to do all things.

Through this rhythmic narrative, young readers will be tantalized by the activities that are within their reach. Typical suburban, middle-class childhood activities are portrayed, such as riding bikes, swimming in lakes, and playing in treehouses. Additionally, messages about citizenship in action, like mending fences and volunteering for causes, provide children with ideas of how to contribute to the world they live in; themes of working together and imagination are present throughout. There is so much to do and so much yet to come: “Lessons to learn / and books to be read… / each holding a glimpse / of what lies ahead.” Bright and clean-cut cartoons dominated by sunny yellow, blue, and green will infuse readers with feelings of happiness and simplicity. While the rhythmic list depicts a great variety of activities, however, characters are all white as paper, with little to no diversity implied beyond gender presentation cued by stereotypical dress and hairstyle. Both the upbeat celebration of possibility and a spread of characters in graduation gowns place this book as a conceptual companion to Oh, the Places You’ll Go! However, with its avoidance of diversity, it feels very much out of step with the times.

An uplifting book about unlimited potential that’s, sadly, pretty limited. (Picture book. 4-6)

Pub Date: March 3rd, 2020
ISBN: 978-1-4521-7982-7
Page count: 60pp
Publisher: Chronicle
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 2020