A Glorious Day


Henry's day is full.

From breakfast to bedtime there is fun with his friends in their small red brick building.

There are steps out front to count climbing up and to count coming down.

On the street there's the garbage man and a tow truck to watch.
And just around the corner there's a playground and even ...

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Henry's day is full.

From breakfast to bedtime there is fun with his friends in their small red brick building.

There are steps out front to count climbing up and to count coming down.

On the street there's the garbage man and a tow truck to watch.
And just around the corner there's a playground and even more friends.

Fullness makes Henry's day (and every day for Henry) simply GLORIOUS.

Describes a day in the life of the children, animals, parents, and babysitters in a small red brick apartment building.

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Editorial Reviews

Susan Marie Swanson
What is ''a glorious day''? Why, it's the day when your mom picks you up so that you can mail a letter. It's a day when a plum, a few noodles and one bite of hot dog are just right for breakfast. Some adults go off to work and some take care of the small children. The kids spend the day noticing things, running, jumping and playing. (Look, there's Henry by the park bench, dropping little sticks down the storm drain.) Especially inspiring is the idea that shines through every page of this wonderful book: this particular day is just one of many glorious days.
The New York Times
Publishers Weekly
Much in the vein of Schwartz's What James Likes Best, this fetching picture book chronicles urban youngsters' everyday activities. On the opening page, the sun rises over a small, redbrick apartment building, looking warm and homey wedged in between two pale, taller ones; it is home to "one baby, two little girls, three big boys, four little boys, two cats, and a bird." As the following pages reveal all of these residents awakening within, readers will enjoy sorting out who's who-and who is related to whom-as well as spotting the pets. After a variety of breakfast scenarios, school-age kids depart and the preschoolers play indoors, have lunch, nap and then, along with mothers and sitters, parade to the playground. Later, when working parents and students return home, the stoop and sidewalk buzz with activity. Schwartz balances the idyllic scenes with engagingly eccentric-yet decidedly true-moments that will tickle adults as well as kids: "one bite of hot dog" and potato chips are on the breakfast menu for some; when one toddler "decides to get dressed outside," his patient mother helps him put on his diaper and clothes on the front steps; and, at dinner, this same child "lines up all his green beans like a train. Then he puts them in his orange juice." Giving visual dimension to these sweet and spicy slices of life are Schwartz's gouache and pen-and-ink vignettes, which dish up the zesty details. Ages 2-5. (Apr.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
It would be easier to embrace this idyllic Brooklyn setting if breakfast didn't include two product endorsements. Fortunately, the ad is the only bump in the soothing rhythmic prose about family life. The book begins with a little boy named Henry waking up in his red brick building, but the friends and neighbors around him are the center of the story. There are ten young children and four sets of parents who share his world, including one family of mixed race. Schwarz describes the day through Henry's toddler eyes. He knows exactly what to expect, and the steady routine conveys emotional security to readers. Warm illustrations show the safety of strong and diverse relationships. His mother's subtle jokes remind parent readers to relax and enjoy the chaos. Everyone who lives in the red brick building has an important role to play in the community. Henry lives in an almost too perfect world—and children his age deserve one. 2004, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Ages 2 to 5.
—Tina Dybvik
School Library Journal
PreS-This slice-of-life vignette takes readers through a day in an urban apartment building. The book is divided into three sections-morning, day, and night-and time flows smoothly for the young residents ("one baby, two little girls, three big boys, four little boys, two cats, and a bird") from the time they wake until they are tucked into bed. Spot illustrations allow children to glimpse details of the activities going on simultaneously on various floors. The minimalist pen-and-ink cartoons, with their loose and simple lines, are accented with soft analogous colors in gouache. White backgrounds provide a restful contrast to all this busyness and isolate the text so it is easy to read. The pictures and text include individuals of many different backgrounds. Youngsters will enjoy this peek into other children's daily routines and meals (especially potato chips and hot dogs for breakfast) as well as the constant action provided by the characters, including a set of triplets.-Laurie Edwards, West Shore School District, Camp Hill, PA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
With perfect pitch and hilariously deadpan delivery, Schwartz follows a two- (or so) year-old through an ordinary, completely wonderful day. Henry shares an apartment house with "one baby, two little girls, three big boys," a set of triplets his age, plus a bird, two cats, and a assortment of parents, sitters, and relatives-all of whom matter-of-factly go about the business of getting up, dressing, going out, coming in, playing, napping, eating, and, at day's end, getting ready for bed. Schwartz's plainspoken text and delicately drawn urban scenes are not only rich in the sorts of details and routines that make up a young child's world, but include more nuanced interactions that will engage parental readers too: " 'Look at Peter's lovely underpants,' Henry's mother says. 'Henry wears underpants sooner or later,' Henry says." A sensitive observer in top form, Schwartz has created a treasure of a tale that captures marvels in everyday life. (Picture book. 5-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442421905
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 10/15/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Amy Schwartz has written and illustrated many classic picture books, among them Bea and Mr. Jones, a Reading Rainbow feature; Annabelle Swift, Kindergartner; A Teeny Tiny Baby, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year; How to Catch an Elephant; The Boys Team, a finalist among Riverbank Review's Children's Books of Distinction Awards; and What James Likes Best. She lives with her husband, historian and critic Leonard Marcus, and their son, Jacob, in Brooklyn, New York.

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