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.
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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.
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.
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