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Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite
While Coleen’s father may be perceived as odd, she knows the true caring nature of her father and she needs to prove it. The townsfolk feel that the giant man is lazy, standing in the middle of town with his arms raised in the air. No one believes that this is truly his job: to hold up the sky. Coleen decides to invite all the children to a play day at her house so they could get to know how wonderful her father really is. At first, the children were mean and Coleen wanted them to go home, but her wise mother supplied treats for everyone and the guests began to enjoy themselves. When a boy named Jack insists that Coleen’s dad is not actually holding up the sky, the giant lowers his massive arms and leaves the sky to its own devices. The sky doesn’t fall, but throughout the day the wind picks up and the clouds fall closer to the earth. When the stars begin to fall to the ground, Coleen urges her father to resume his position of holding up the sky.
Holding Up the Sky is a colorful lesson in acceptance in a story by Lois Wickstrom with artwork by Nicolás Milano. As the main character earns acceptance from her peers, she also realizes the bigger picture of responsibility when it is her turn to hold up the sky. The judgmental individuals of the town saw the importance of the giant’s actions when they witnessed the strength needed to keep them safe, all at the hands of a crazy giant formally viewed as lazy. Author Lois Wickstrom combines a fun rhyming narrative with the lovely art of Nicolas Milano in creating this enjoyable read-aloud, appropriate children’s tale.