The Second Sky

Ages: 4 - 8Publisher: Eerdmans Author: Patrick GuestIllustrator: Jonathan Bentley


The tiny penguin Gilbert peeps through a hole he has pecked in his shell and sees the moon, the stars, the wheeling birds, and knows at that moment that he wants fly. Although he cannot, Gilbert never gives up his dream of soaring through the sky like the beautiful albatross. Observing that the albatross glides and doesn’t flap his wings as Gilbert has been trying, our hero climbs up a mountain, jumps off and tries to soar. He inevitably falls into the sea – and finds his true element.


Children desire stories with which they can identify and Gilbert’s story about a small but determined character will satisfy

that longing. With a blue palette, a precious hero and lovely illustrations, this book will be treasured by its intended audience.

Kemie Nix ©2019 Parents’ Choice

Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children’s Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents’ Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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