I have such a deep admiration for Kadir Nelson’s work. When I’m thinking of children’s displays, I often check to see if he’s done illustrations for books that would fit in with the theme, because they are always so perfect when they do. His illustrations rarely even need words to accompany them, and he’s a genius at finding ways to amplify already powerful language, creating art that expands an idea as much as it represents it. Adults who think they’re beyond picture books could benefit from a few hours just looking through his work.
Blue Sky, White Stars – from a poem by Sarvinder Naberhaus – is no exception. Looking at these paintings, you see our country – not all of it good – in its many layers and complications. For younger kids, it might be a simple walk through our past, our present and our future, but there is more if you take the time to look, and you should. You really should.
Blue Sky, White Stars by Sarvinder Naberhaus and Kadir Nelson