In Plain Sight
In Plain Sight
In Plain Sight
In Plain Sight
In Plain Sight
In Plain Sight
In Plain Sight
In Plain Sight

In Plain Sight

  • By Richard Jackson
  • Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Ages: 4-7
  • Grades: Preschool-2
  • Sophie lives with her parents and her grandfather, who has restricted mobility, but tender feelings for his granddaughter that know no bounds. In the mornings he waves her off to school from his second-floor window, and she comes to visit him every afternoon. Their daily routine includes the man asking for the child's help in retrieving an everyday object that has somehow "gone missing." All of the items are in plain sight, if, that is, one knows where to look. Bright-eyed Sophie is always up for the challenge and is thorough and methodical as she searches through Grandpa's room—neat but full of a lifetime of acquired books and mementos—to locate the paper clip, rubber band, straw, or paintbrush. Sharp-eyed viewers will glean that this man, now in a wheelchair, was once a soldier and an athlete and now paints and reads poetry.

    Richard Jackson's simple text is largely made up of the good-natured conversations that surround the game and reflect the warmth and joy that Sophie and Grandpa find in each other. Illustrator Jerry Pinkney's lovely watercolors are by turns delicate, energetic, and effusive as he captures his engaging African American characters and their homey domicile. This appealing story about a dynamic intergenerational relationship is large enough to share with a group, but individual children will want to pore over the art to spot all of the details in plain sight.