Written by Sandra Hanken
Illustrated by Jody Bergsma
Reading Level: Ages 3-8
Size: 8.5" x 11"
Picture a magical world where anything is possible and all of Earth’s creatures are welcome, where imaginations soar higher and roam farther than ever before. Meet three young fairies who use their creativity to build a majestic kingdom in the sky, and join them as they follow their dreams to a heavenly world of cooperation, community, and love.
Written by Sandra Hanken, this inspiring poem encourages children to believe in themselves, and to use this faith and their individual strengths to create a better world for all living creatures. Enchantingly illustrated by renowned artist Jody Bergsma, Sky Castle inspires readers of all ages to see that with faith and optimism, fantasies can become reality. “Now plan your creation, your dream in the sky. No castle is built by those who don’t try.”
Sky Castle was a finalist for the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best New Voice and a finalist for the Northwest Association of Publishers Award for Best Book.
About the Author
Sandra Hanken has worked as an elementary school teacher, crisis shelter worker, parenting educator, and is currently a family social worker. For many years, Sandra aspired to write “a book that would encourage children’s belief in themselves and their abilities.” Surrounded by woods and wildlife, Sandra and her husband live in their country home near Chisholm, Minnesota.
About the Illustrator
An internationally acclaimed artist, Jody Bergsma is one of America's most accomplished watercolorists. Jody's Dreamkeepers style has been deeply inspired by her visits to Ireland and the sixth century city of Glendalough; her Natural Elements style was inspired by visits to Alaska, the Queen Charlotte Islands, and Washington's Olympic Peninsula. Jody is the author and illustrator of the DragonFireTrilogy (Dragon, Wizard, Faerie) She also illustrated two other Illumination Arts books (The Right Touch and Dreambirds).
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