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Way to Start a Day
     

Way to Start a Day

by Byrd Baylor, Peter Parnall (Illustrator)
 

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The Caldecott Honor author/illustrator team that brought readers "The Desert Is Theirs" and "The Way to Start a Day" returns with this tale of truly listening to the world around us. In "The Other Way to Listen", a young boy is eager to learn and an old man is happy to share his wisdom. Full color.

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The Caldecott Honor author/illustrator team that brought readers "The Desert Is Theirs" and "The Way to Start a Day" returns with this tale of truly listening to the world around us. In "The Other Way to Listen", a young boy is eager to learn and an old man is happy to share his wisdom. Full color.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this Caldecott Honor Book, the way to start the day is to go outside, face the east and greet the sun, as others in the past and present have celebrated the dawn. PW praised ``the author's sensitive prose and Parnall's glittering paintings in this beautiful work.'' (69)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Bagel
Nature is filled with melodic voices, if only we would take the time to hear them. Most people don't, admonishes the author of this poetic text. In these days of modems and faxes and beepers and pagers, here is a book that ís a breath of fresh air. A soulful spiritual story, it goes way beyond the old "stop and smell the roses" expression. It is a tale about an old man who shares his secrets with a young friend about "the other way to listen." "Don't start with a mountain," advises the elder. "Start with one seed pod or one dry weed or one horned toad or one handful of dirt." Equally entrancing are the illustrations which blend imagery so harmoniously that you don't know where the drawing ends and where nature begins.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689710544
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
05/28/1986
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
325,866
Product dimensions:
7.75(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
AD500L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Byrd Baylor lives and writes in Arizona, presenting images of the Southwest and an intense connection between the land and the people. Her prose illustrates vividly the value of simplicity, the natural world, and the balance of life within it.

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