Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Sunshine on My Shoulders

Sunshine on My Shoulders

5.0 3
by John Denver, Christopher Canyon

See All Formats & Editions

This heartwarming book - an adaptation of one of John Denver's best-loved songs - is a lovely reminder of the good, pure things in life. "Sunshine On My Shoulders," accompanied (in EPUB-format versions) by John Denver's famous voice, celebrates friendship, sunshine and simple joy. Children and adults alike will love Christopher Canyon's whimsical and humorous


This heartwarming book - an adaptation of one of John Denver's best-loved songs - is a lovely reminder of the good, pure things in life. "Sunshine On My Shoulders," accompanied (in EPUB-format versions) by John Denver's famous voice, celebrates friendship, sunshine and simple joy. Children and adults alike will love Christopher Canyon's whimsical and humorous illustrations, that capture the innocence of childhood. This is one of a series of picture book adaptations of John Denver's songs that reflect the gift of friendship and nature.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The lyrics of late pop singer/songwriter Denver live on in this hokey picture-book interpretation of one of his biggest hits, the first of a planned series inspired by his songs. In a biographical note on the final pages, readers learn that Denver wrote "Sunshine" during the Vietnam War as an antidote to the troubles of that time. Striving to reflect that lightness, Canyon (The Tree in the Ancient Forest) offers summery, greeting-card watercolors of a girl, along with her guitar-strumming father and often-anthropomorphic cat, enjoying fairly stereotypical outdoor pleasures. For example, he pictures the girl blissfully posed on a swing in mid-air, a huge (and oddly low) sun in the background ("Sunshine almost always makes me high"); meanwhile, on a tree branch above, a bird feeds her young in their nest. Unfortunately, the characters look more saccharine than sweet, given their sunburst eyelashes and perma-grins. A printed score and a CD recording of Denver singing the title tune as well as "The Music Is You," is included. All ages. (Sept.) FYI: A paperback edition, which does not include the CD, is set for simultaneous publication ($8.95 -050-X). Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
The warmth of the sun shines throughout Canyon's vision of the Denver song as it does in the lyrics, as written and sung on the included CD. The text celebrates the beauty of the sunshine and of nature. Canyon extends the joy by picturing an appealing young girl experiencing the pleasure along with her cat and a guitar-playing adult with whom she shares a loving relationship. The artist concentrates on nature, bugs and flowers, plants and water. They provide the theme with sufficient variations to keep us involved through the minimal words as the pages turn. The naturalistic scenes are suffused with light and dominated by the smiling, fuzzy-haired child with accompanying adult and charming kitten. Canyon's sunny world beams its message of happy possibilities. Notes on the musician and the artist are added, as is the score of the music. This is a "Sharing Nature with Children" book. 2003, Dawn Publications, Ages 3 to 8.
— Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
This little flower child seems just the right person to present the words to this popular song. Bright yellows, daisies and sunflowers, and happy critters celebrate nature. On the page with, "If I had a wish that I could wish for you," the little girl is blowing the seeds off a dandelion. She joins her guitar playing dad in both song and a boat ride. This is light and happy with many natural touches: cattails, ants, and even a musical grasshopper. This title is part of the "Simply Nature" series and includes a variety of perspectives. The shadows on the first double-page spread are particularly interesting. Unlike the hardcover edition, this board book does not include the John Denver recording. The larger 6.5 x 7.5 inch size adds weight to this edition and makes it heftier than most board books.

Product Details

Dawn Publications
Publication date:
The John Denver & Kids Series , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Sales rank:
File size:
20 MB
This product may take a few minutes to download.
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

John Denver knew that the most wonderful things in life are simple and free. Things like sunshine and friendship. He shared his feelings in poetry and song-and with his remarkably expressive voice, millions of people responded. "People everywhere are the same in heart and spirit," he said. "No matter what language we speak, what color we are, the form of our politics or the expression of our love and our faith, music proves it: we are the same." Over 32 million John Denver albums have sold in the United States alone, making him one of the top selling vocal artists of all time. He was a director and supporter of
over 22 environmental organizations including the Windstar Foundation, the Hunger Project, the National Wildlife Federation, Save The Children, the Cousteau Society, Friends of the Earth, and the Human/Dolphin Foundation.; Christopher Canyon spent much of his childhood growing up in rural Ohio where he spent most of his time drawing, laying guitar and singing songs with his family. In his youth, Christopher was deeply influenced by the music of John Denver. "John's songs gave me hope, joy, and an unbounded belief in possibilities," he says.Christopher is an award-winning artist,
musician and performer dedicated to sharing the joy and importance of the arts with children, educators and families. He frequently visits schools, providing entertaining and educational programs, and is a popular speaker at conferences throughout the country. "Everyone has what it takes to be artistic, and it's not talent. It is our creativity," he says. "As humans we are all creative beings and our individual creativity is one of our most powerful gifts. If we celebrate and use our creativity in positive ways it is amazing how much we can learn, how much we can discover and how much joy we can share."

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network


Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews

Sunshine on My Shoulders 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We love it. Good for all ages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great childrens book to read too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We just discovered this book while on vacation. My 3 year old son brought the book to me to read from his cousin's book shelf while we were visiting family. Being almost 40, I instantly smiled when I realized it was this classic John Denver song. About half way through singing him the lyrics, I realized my sweet little boy had tears streaming down his face...he was simply over-come with the emotion of the lyrics, illustrations and melody. He would not let me stop, but was sobbing through it. It was an absolutely beautiful moment that I shared with my little boy. At bedtime later that night, he insisted I read this book to him again, and he again broke down into gentle tears as I hugged him close before he cuddled up and fell fast asleep. We leave in 2 days, and I am ordering this book now to make sure it is waiting for us when we get home.