Day Is Done

Day Is Done

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by Peter Yarrow, Melissa Sweet
     
 

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Peter Yarrow follows the blockbuster success of Puff, the Magic Dragon with a picture book version of his beautiful song, “Day Is Done.”

As night falls, animal and human parents everywhere tenderly tuck their children into bed. In the darkness, each child—raccoon, doe, rabbit, field mouse, and a little boy—wonders: Will I be

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Peter Yarrow follows the blockbuster success of Puff, the Magic Dragon with a picture book version of his beautiful song, “Day Is Done.”

As night falls, animal and human parents everywhere tenderly tuck their children into bed. In the darkness, each child—raccoon, doe, rabbit, field mouse, and a little boy—wonders: Will I be safe? Will you be there for me? And every mommy and daddy responds with the comforting words of Yarrow’s refrain: “I am here.”

Caldecott Honor-winning artist Melissa Sweet has created gorgeous images that celebrate the loving bond between parent and child, as well as the connection between 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:
9781402784941
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
12/20/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
24
Sales rank:
476,943
File size:
11 MB
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Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Peter Yarrow is a member of the iconic ’60’s folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary. Along with Lenny Lipton, he is the author of the beloved song and now hit book Puff, the Magic Dragon. In addition to extensive touring and performing, Peter is active in Operation Respect, an organization that promotes anti-bullying awareness in schools across the country.

Melissa Sweet has illustrated more than 40 children’s books, including the 2008 Caldecott Honor winner A River of Words, which was also listed as a New York Times Top Ten Children’s Book of the Year. The New York Times Book Review listed Carmine: A Little More Red (Houghton Mifflin, 2005)—which she both wrote and illustrated—among its Ten Best Illustrated Books of the Year, and The Boy Who Drew Birds (Houghton Mifflin, 2004) was a New York Public Library Best Book for 2004.



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Day Is Done 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 71 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received this as a gift for my son who is 2.5 yrs old. Lovely illustrations, but it starts out, "Tell me why you're crying my son. I know you're frightened by everyone." Now, for someone with a sensitive child who is very aware of feelings, etc, this is not a good beginning. Regardless of the history of this song in the 60's etc, I really don't want bedtime reminding us of the world filled with "sorrow and woe."
Mary Kay Verhoff More than 1 year ago
Guess its just not my taste.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Perfect to introduce young readers to the glory of Peter Paul and Mary. Their music and wonder lives on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is terrible. I received it as a gift from my husband's grandma for my 4 year old son and I refused to read it to him. The undertones of the book are political, hippie, tree-hugging, coexist. Yuck, I would much rather fill my son's heart with good books that promote an understanding of the world from God's point of view. One of the lines from the book was "In a world filled with sorrow and woe, if you ask me why.....I really don't know." How stupid obviously the answer is sin. Not only that but the whole world is not filled with sorrow. What happened to being thankful for the small things in life.... a baby's laugh, sunsets, the moon, morning's.... All around this is a horrible book!!!!
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Excellent book CD combination.
Pippen More than 1 year ago
If you know the words to the song, this book is good. It is well illustrated with nice character, but really does not 'flow' in just the reading. The cd was nice with it.
Bookloverlyn More than 1 year ago
Book was illustrated so nicely and the CD in the back was fun to listen to while looking at the pictures.
DaveNJ More than 1 year ago
A Beautifully Illustrated Book supported with a Marvelous CD of the Title Song by author Peter Yarrow. We have several signed copies to treasure for a lifetime!
BB422 More than 1 year ago
I bought it for my 21 month old granddaughter, but after reading it ("my son") I didn't give it to her. It seemed "too dark" for a little one. I didn't want to have to explain things. I liked the colors and illustrations.
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CorydeV More than 1 year ago
This isn't your run-of-the-mill story book with cute little bears, even though the bears on the cover are as cute as can be. Be aware that "Day Is Done" was a popular anti-war song in the 1960's, though the song isn't necessarily or specifically about war. If your young child is suddenly awakening to the injustice of the world, and expressing worry or fear about it, it is a good time to cuddle up with Day Is Done. Instead of telling the child "don't worry about that," the adult(s) in the book acknowledge that there are some serious problems in the world; that adults don't have all the answers; and that the child is actually wise and brave for being willing to see problems. Together, adult and child can face what's going on. The CD includes the song Dona, Dona, Dona. The traditional version sung by Chad Mitchell Trio, Joan Baez and others is very sad, but this new version by Yarrow is hopeful and kid-friendly. Beautiful pictures, beautiful music, a beautiful story that inspires hope.
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Wonderful bedtime book for little ones. The CD is an extra treat.
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ConiLoving More than 1 year ago
I share this book and the music CD with my young nephew. He is only 6, so it is somewhat lost on him, but he likes singing along with me and reading the words.