McClure's (Collect Raindrops ) illustrations draw most of the attention here. Using an X-Acto knife and black paper, McClure suggests textures as varied as pea-plant tendrils, falling rain and the softness of a mother's body. "A day is a perfect piece of time/ to live a life,/ to plant a seed," Newbery Medalist Rylant (When I Was Young in the Mountains ) begins, as a young farm boy ties one shoelace and a hen pecks at the other. In spreads on alternating blue and yellow backgrounds, the boy waters his garden and gathers eggs, but also picnics, naps and, along with his mother and the hen, stretches out on his back to gaze up at the sky. End-on perspective makes their feet, noses and the hen's body the only topographical features protruding from the curve of the horizon. "Underneath that great big sky/ the earth is all a-spin./ This day will soon be over/ and it won't come back again," Rylant writes. While children aren't usually moved by messages about fleeting time-that's a sentiment adults are likelier to have-they'll enjoy Rylant's rhythms and the tenderness of McClure's images. Ages 4-up. (Mar.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
All in a Dayby Cynthia Rylant, Nikki McClure (Illustrator)
This lovely book illuminates all the possibilities a day offers—the opportunities and chances that won’t ever come again—and also delivers a gentle message of good stewardship of our planet. Newbery Medal winner Cynthia Rylant’s poetic text, alongside Nikki McClure’s stunning, meticulously crafted cut-paper art, makes this book not
This lovely book illuminates all the possibilities a day offers—the opportunities and chances that won’t ever come again—and also delivers a gentle message of good stewardship of our planet. Newbery Medal winner Cynthia Rylant’s poetic text, alongside Nikki McClure’s stunning, meticulously crafted cut-paper art, makes this book not only timeless but appealing to all ages, from one to one hundred.
This picture-book poem discusses the many things that can be done in a day: plant a seed, make a wish, live a life. The illustrations were each cut from a single piece of black paper using an X-Acto knife. They incorporate white spaces and play against yellow and blue backgrounds. Astonishingly detailed, the artwork evokes the feel of classic 1940s and '50s picture books. The large spreads show a boy exploring nature on his family's farm, napping in a hammock with his mother, and hiking in the woods with his father. They successfully capture the magical childhood sense that a day can go on forever. There's no denying the simple loveliness of Rylant's text in lines like "The past is sailing off to sea,/the future's fast asleep," but ultimately, the poem's "seize the day" message may be better appreciated by adults than children.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD
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Meet the Author
Cynthia Rylant is the author of over a hundred books for children. She won the Newbery Medal for Missing May and the Newbery Honor for A Fine White Dust. Nikki McClure is the author and illustrator of many picture books, including Mama, Is It Summer Yet?; To Market, To Market; Apple; How to Be a Cat.
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The tone, the writing, and the illustrations of All In a Day are lovely, and just the type of story I want to give to children. It supports experiencing life in an unhurried way. I enjoyed the expansive and comforting feeling, which reminded me of the classic books of both Margaret Wise Brown and Rebecca Caudill.