Day Is Done
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Day Is Done

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by Peter Yarrow, Melissa Sweet
     
 

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A stunning version of Peter Yarrow's tender “Day Is Done.” As animal and human parents everywhere tuck their children into bed, each child wonders: Will I be safe? Will you be there? And every mommy and daddy responds with Yarrow's comforting refrain: “Yes, I am here.” Melissa Sweet's gorgeous images celebrate the bondsSee more details below

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A stunning version of Peter Yarrow's tender “Day Is Done.” As animal and human parents everywhere tuck their children into bed, each child wonders: Will I be safe? Will you be there? And every mommy and daddy responds with Yarrow's comforting refrain: “Yes, I am here.” Melissa Sweet's gorgeous images celebrate the bonds between parent and child, as well as all creatures of the earth.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Caldecott Honor artist Sweet (A River of Words: The Life of William Carlos Williams) effectively uses animal parent and child pairs to lighten the hopeful yet somber message of Yarrow’s (Puff, the Magic Dragon) folk song, which he first performed with the trio Peter, Paul and Mary. Watercolor and mixed-media art reveals members of each animal family tenderly gazing into each others’ eyes in placid woodland settings shown in cool earth tones punctuated by shocks of brilliant color: scarlet berries, magenta lily pads, crimson toadstools. Together, the animals eventually approach a house in which a father lovingly tucks his son into bed. The boy’s bright yellow room exudes comfort, and even when storm clouds threaten, there’s no real menace in any of Sweet’s depictions of nature; yet in concert with Yarrow’s verse, the overall effect is somewhat haunting. A CD tucked into the back cover features Yarrow and his daughter Bethany singing “Day Is Done” (plus two traditional songs, “I Know Where I’m Going” and “Dona Dona Dona,” with new words and music by the author). Ages 3–7. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Peter (Yarrow), Paul, and Mary's familiar song isn't a natural fit for a picture book like Puff, the Magic Dragon (Sterling, 2007). The lyrics, such as "You shall inherit what humankind has done" and "Can you see what we all disguise/through your loving eyes?" are too sophisticated for the intended audience and the refrain "when the day is done" is awkward to read aloud repeatedly. Charming watercolor and mixed-media illustrations depict animal parents comforting their children, and the last scene shows a father lovingly tucking his son into bed. While this is a beautiful package, with a lovely CD including "Day Is Done," "I Know Where I'm Going," and "Dona Dona Dona" recorded by Peter Yarrow and his daughter Bethany, the audience will be limited to adults nostalgic for the music and its message.—Rachel Kamin, North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, Highland Park, IL
Kirkus Reviews
Yarrow's (of Peter, Paul and Mary fame) well-known song conveys the truth that parental presence brings peace to frightened children in a difficult world; on the CD that accompanies this book, his gravelly voice melds with the bright children's chorus and his daughter's nimble soprano. However, the text and illustrations do not combine well. The melancholy lyrics are illustrated with images of animal parent-child pairs, including one sad bear family and a couple of timorous babies, but the rest of Sweet's watercolor-and-mixed-media world is in bloom with playful, child-friendly flowers, and the animals mostly sport smiles. Without visual clues as to the reason for the parents' stated sadness ("In a world filled with sorrow and woe, / If you ask me why, why is this so? / I really don't know"), the already-opaque lyrics threaten to baffle the young readers who will be drawn to this large, bright volume. The two bonus songs ("I Know Where I'm Going" and "Dona Dona Dona") are equally well performed, but their inclusion is puzzling. All in all, a very pretty disconnect. (afterword) (Picture book. 4-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402748066
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
10/06/2009
Edition description:
Book & CD
Pages:
24
Sales rank:
321,659
Product dimensions:
10.82(w) x 11.96(h) x 0.46(d)
Lexile:
AD550L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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