Newbery Medal winner Cynthia Rylant's poetic text, alongside Nikki McClure's stunning, meticulously crafted cut-paper art, makes this picture book not only timeless but appealing to all ages, from one to one hundred. An inspiring picture book from dream team - Newbery medal winner Cynthia Rylant and Abrams illustrator and stationery impresario ...
Newbery Medal winner Cynthia Rylant's poetic text, alongside Nikki McClure's stunning, meticulously crafted cut-paper art, makes this picture book not only timeless but appealing to all ages, from one to one hundred. An inspiring picture book from dream team - Newbery medal winner Cynthia Rylant and Abrams illustrator and stationery impresario Nikki McClure. "A day is a perfect piece of time" begins this lovely text, which goes to illuminate all the things a day offers - the opportunities and the chances that won't ever come again as well as a gentle message of good stewardship of our planet.
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Publishers Weekly, 2009-01-19 McClure's (Collect Raindrops) illustrations draw most of the attention here. Using an X-Acto knife and black paper, McClure suggests textures as varied as pea-plant tendrils, falling rain and the softness of a mother's body. "A day is a perfect piece of time/ to live a life,/ to plant a seed," Newbery Medalist Rylant (When I Was Young in the Mountains) begins, as a young farm boy ties one shoelace and a hen pecks at the other. In spreads on alternating blue and yellow backgrounds, the boy waters his garden and gathers eggs, but also picnics, naps and, along with his mother and the hen, stretches out on his back to gaze up at the sky. End-on perspective makes their feet, noses and the hen's body the only topographical features protruding from the curve of the horizon. "Underneath that great big sky/ the earth is all a-spin./ This day will soon be over/ and it won't come back again," Rylant writes. While children aren't usually moved by messages about fleeting time-that's a sentiment adults are likelier to have-they'll enjoy Rylant's rhythms and the tenderness of McClure's images. Ages 4-up. (Mar.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
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