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Children's LiteratureAmelia Goose wakes up in her comfy-looking wooden bed ("Good morning, Amelia Goose!"), stretches, and then goes outside to play. She greets Frog at the pond and they proceed to bounce on lily pads, sit on a log, chase around after fish, and play hide-and-seek in the reeds. Then it is time for Amelia Goose to go home. They gaily say goodbye, with Amelia Goose adding, "It's been a lovely day." On her way home, she says good night to birds and bees, who say good night to her in return. On the next spread, she's snugly in bed, with a reed necklace—a reminder of her day of play. Rong has provided the minimal narration for Amelia Goose's story, hand-lettering the sounds that the animals make along the way, and providing bright collages that match Amelia Goose's cheerful disposition. A Lovely Day is a pleasant book that might not bear endless repetitions. 2004, Candlewick Press, Ages 2 to 5.
—Abby McGanney Nolan