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Morning Has Broken

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People of all ages know the sweet melody and tender lyrics of this popular song, originally written by Eleanor Farjeon in 1931 and made famous by Cat Stevens in1971.

In this striking picture book, artist Tim Ladwig interprets Farjeon’s words in a thoroughly contemporary way, depicting a boy and his grandfather ...

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Overview

Other Editions: Hardcover

People of all ages know the sweet melody and tender lyrics of this popular song, originally written by Eleanor Farjeon in 1931 and made famous by Cat Stevens in1971.

In this striking picture book, artist Tim Ladwig interprets Farjeon’s words in a thoroughly contemporary way, depicting a boy and his grandfather coming together to enjoy the day. The art is full of rich color, warm tones, and interesting details. Farjeons’ words and Ladwig’s illustrations celebrate the beauty of creation.

An illustrated version of the song which celebrates the beauty and elation of the newly breaking morning.

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Editorial Reviews

Bloomsbury Review
An inspirational children's book in the best sense of the word.
School Library Journal
A harmonious marriage of text and illustrations.
Children's Literature - Gisela Jernigan
In this beautiful and inspiring picture book, Eleanor Farjeon's famous hymn is illustrated with lush watercolors showing a modern boy and his grandfather welcoming and enjoying a new summer's day, at home and in city gardens, parks and streets. The text of all three verses is presented in extra bold, large type and the music with the words, plus biographical information on the author are included.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Farjeon's beautiful poem was written in praise of the Creator, based on Psalm 118, Verse 24, which reads "This is the day that the Lord hath made." It actually is a hymn (the music is appended) that was first published in 1931 and has also been recorded as a popular song. Now it appears as a picture book celebrating the beauty of nature, a close intergenerational relationship, and the interconnectedness of all life. The illustrations, in warm colors suffused with morning light, depict the universal experience evoked by Farjeon's words as a boy and his grandfather share a day in the park. The text conveys an important and uplifting message but will probably need some adult interpretation. In spite of one rain scene that seems inserted somewhat gratuitously into an otherwise sunny day, leaving the boy quite dry afterwards, this is a harmonious marriage of text and illustrations that can speak to children and adults on many levels.-Sue Norris, Rye Free Reading Room, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802851277
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/1/1996
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 9.27 (w) x 10.52 (h) x 0.35 (d)

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