Under the same sky by Britta Teckenrtup
Caterpillar Books, 2017. ISBN 9781848575868
(Age: 4+) Recommended. Peace, Sharing. Under the same sky reflects the theme that we are all born under the same sky, with the same needs and wants, we share the same feelings even though we are spread across lands far away.
In brief spare phrases the author delivers this message in terms that can be understood by all readers, and supported with wonderfully evocative illustrations of animals looking up to our shared sky.
Britta uses the technique of collage and printmaking to create her illustrations and made more interesting with cutouts along the way, allowing children to turn a page and peek into what went before, phrases reprised in the next illustration. It adds another level of intent for the reader, already absorbed by the depiction of skyward looking animals. Groups of each species are shown on each page and then to underline the theme, all of them are shown together on the last double page. Readers will not miss the theme of the story that no matter who or what we are we share the same emotions, loves and fears, and so should work together.