The New York Times
Tell Me the Day Backwardsby Albert Lamb
Just before going to bed, Timmy Bear and his mama play a game they call Tell Me the Day Backwards. Timmy tries to remember everything that happened to him that day in reverse, from watching the sunset/b>
In this delightful bedtime story, a young bear tells his mama all about his exciting day — in reverse — inspiring little listeners to do the same.
Just before going to bed, Timmy Bear and his mama play a game they call Tell Me the Day Backwards. Timmy tries to remember everything that happened to him that day in reverse, from watching the sunset on the hill to the picnic supper before that, from being chased by bees to finding honey in an old tree stump, all the way back to waking up that morning from his winter-long hibernation. Albert Lamb and David McPhail spin a charming bedtime story sure to have parents and children sharing their own day — backwards — with each other.
The New York Times
Gentle storytelling and a clever concept set this bedtime book apart from the pack. A little bear asks his mama to tell him what they did that day, only backwards. Together, the two of them recount Timmy's adventures and quiet moments, from taking an unexpected dip in a pool to eating some delicious honey to seeing a pack of beautiful purple butterflies. When they've gone through the whole day, back to the beginning, Mama reminds Timmy that before anything happened they were hibernating but that tonight they'll just sleep one night. Inspired by a game his own family played, Lamb's simple effect-and-cause backwards progression manages to always make perfect sense. "I ran and jumped off a high, high rock into the deep pool," Timmy recalls. "And before that?" prompts his mother: "I was chased by bees, and they were stinging me!" Kids may take a couple readings to fully grasp the author's intent, but few books illustrate the notion of "before" better than this. McPhail's always playful and evocative illustrations set against a beautiful countryside perfectly capture this original way of remembering a day's events. An exceptional idea and a truly fine follow through. (Picture book. 4-8)
- Walker & Company
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- 3 - 6 Years
Meet the Author
Albert Lamb has worked as a cartoonist, a musician, and a writer. He is the author of Sam’s Winter Hat, also illustrated by David McPhail. Born in Boston, Albert Lamb now lives in the Cotswolds in southwest England.
David McPhail has been an artist ever since he was a child. He has written and illustrated more than fifty books for children, including Emma in Charge and Weezer Changes the World. He lives in New Hampshire.
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