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Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
A Good Day

A Good Day

Spring 2007 Picture Books
Ages: Infant - 5 yrs.
Author: Kevin Henkes
Illustrator: Kevin Henkes
ISBN: 978-0-06-114018-1
Hardcover Price: $16.99
Review:
In a spare, almost poetic text using barely more than 100 words, Henkes exuberantly depicts a series of four minor mishaps to bird, dog, fox, and squirrel. “But then...” in reverse order, squirrel, fox, dog and bird each experience a sweetly satisfying reversal of fortune. And just when you think it's over, “there's more...” a joyous little girl and a final page in which each happy animal appears. Candy striped covers enclose this series of tiny dramas (as well as set off each carefully crafted section); jelly bean bright colors pop off the pages; and each transit from sorrow to joy is carefully revealed in the animals' expressive faces and postures. Another gem by a master craftsman.
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard   ©2007 Parents' Choice
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard is the Coordinator of Youth Services for the Arlington Public Library system. She has taught courses on children’s and young adult literature at the Catholic University of America and the University of Virginia. She has served on both the Newbery and Caldecott Award Committees of the American Library Association and has chaired the Notable Children’s Recordings Committee and the May Hill Arbuthnot Award Committee. She is a member and past president of the Children’s Book Guild of Washington DC and has chaired the Washington Post–Book Guild Nonfiction Award Committee. She is a founding member of Capitol Choices, an organization of professionals in the field of children’s literature in the greater Washington DC area. She regularly reviews children’s literature and audio productions for a variety of national publications.


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