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What Did You Do Today?
     

What Did You Do Today?

by Kerry Arquette, Nancy Hayashi (Illustrator), Nancy Hayash (Illustrator)
 

Today is a busy day on the farm. Pigs are wallowing. Bees are buzzing. Chicks are pecking and peeping. In the middle of it all, one happy child climbs and runs and visits his animal friends. Then there's bathing and brushing and curling up tight--and telling the golden moon, "Good night."
Celebrate the small joys of life in this cozy, lighthearted look at a

Overview


Today is a busy day on the farm. Pigs are wallowing. Bees are buzzing. Chicks are pecking and peeping. In the middle of it all, one happy child climbs and runs and visits his animal friends. Then there's bathing and brushing and curling up tight--and telling the golden moon, "Good night."
Celebrate the small joys of life in this cozy, lighthearted look at a day in the barnyard. Young children will delight in the activities of their favorite animals before settling down for a good night's sleep.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Through a series of "interviews" with 14 farm residents, Arquette (Daddy Promises) and Hayashi (My Two Grandmothers) model a wide range of idiosyncratic responses to that ubiquitous question, "What did you do today?" A fish replies, "I went out swimming with my school. We visited a crystal pool Where water ripples clean and cool. That's what I did today." A pig "found some mucky, muddy ground. I wallowed deep and rolled around. I made my favorite grunting sound." Hayashi's watercolor cartoons capture the bucolic expansiveness of a rural landscape, and she endows the nonhuman characters with comic dashes of personality (a bee, for example, angrily glares at a honey-stealing bear). However, various inconsistencies in the illustrations undermine the book's strengths. In the opening spreads, a boy seems to be set up as the observer/interrogator but he's absent from the middle sequences. Another promising thread an animal appearing as a minor character in one scene generates the action in the scene that follows falls by the wayside for the final pages. Ages 3-7. (Apr.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-On each spread of this lilting read-aloud, a child asks about an animal's activities: "What did you do today, little bee? What did you do today? A brown bear took my honey out. I buzzed and bumbled all about. And then I stung him on the snout. That's what I did today." The bee's annoyed expression and the bear's dismay are convincingly portrayed in the large, uncluttered illustrations. Other creatures that describe their day include a dog, cat, pig, chick, ant, fish, and spider. The repetitive question and response-"What did you do today? That's what I did today"-invites youngsters to join in the recitation. The book concludes with the child's day and bedtime. Hayashi's watercolor-and-pencil illustrations are competent and on occasion sweet and or funny, but are no match for the delightful, rhythmic text. This is unfortunate because a good picture book might have been a great one.-Susan Weitz, Tompkins County Public Library, Ithaca, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
All the animals on the farm are busy: the dog is deep into mischief, the cat is companionably teasing, whereas the pig practically glories in his cool mud, and all the other animals-and a child-report their activities in a swinging, compelling rhyme. The refrain, "That's what I did today," concludes one animal's two-page spread and ties it to the "What did you do today" of the next in line to show off. The pictures usually follow as well, so the bunny has chosen to eat his carrot in the strawberry bush where the spider has "found a spot without a trace / Of hanging webs of silver lace." Joining the spider in that scene is the bee that will report on the next page. A charming Asian boy follows the antics and performs his chores, earning him a well-deserved sleep at the end of the day. Hayashi's (My Two Grandmothers, 2000, etc.) softly hued watercolors, combined with dramatically bright prismacolor pencil, deftly engage the eye. When the dog carries his young master's pig slippers away, the cat tries to teach the dog to purr, and the pig hefts his bottom into the mud, the sprightly rhyming text comes alive. Working its way from the dog to the cat and on through a bee, a bear, an ant, a fish, and a bird, all bases are covered in this joyful romp. (Picture book. 3-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152014148
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/28/2002
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 9.87(h) x (d)
Age Range:
3 Years

Meet the Author


KERRY ARQUETTE has written for many magazines as well as the anthology Chicken Soup for the Writer's Soul. Her first book for children was Daddy Promises. She lives with her family in Arvada, Colorado.

NANCY HAYASHI is the illustrator of My Two Grandmothers and Bunny Bungalow, which Kirkus Reviews praised as "a fetching bedtime book, as snug as they come." She lives in Los Angeles, California.

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