Living close to the sun does not mean the days are hot. Our Village in the Sky paints vivid word images of what life is like for children today in a remote Himalayan village. There are no washing machines, only rocks and a river. There are no plastic toys, but there lots of things to play with. 

Janeen Brian’s words work like a rhythmic patchwork weaving images of weather through everyday scenes of cooking, washing and play and Anne Spudvilas’s illustrations take up where Janeen’s words leave off. Together they have created a vibrant world above the clouds.

I want to go there, but know how harsh this world is, thanks to the Janeen’s vivid descriptions and Anne’s equally compelling illustrations.

This picture book alternative to a travel guide for younger children has more words than usual in a contemporary picture book, yet the text is tight: no word is wasted. I couldn’t get enough of the cheeky grins, colourful scarves and details of daily living.

Our Village in the Sky is a keeper for anyone interested in other lands, different cultures or children.

There are teachers' notes available for this book. You can also download a free audio file of the book with narration by Elizabeth Parkinson and Will Grosser from Immanuel College, South Australia.

Title: Our Village in the Sky
Author: Janeen Brian
Illustrator: Anne Spudvilas
Publisher: Allen & Unwin. $24.99 RRP
Publication Date: 23 July 2014
Format: Hard Cover
ISBN: 9781743318140
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture Book
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