Morning has broken/like the first morning,/Blackbird has spoken/like the first bird."" So begins the hymn--better known as a Cat Stevens song--written for children by Farjeon in 1931. Ladwig's inventive watercolor illustrations are a feast of light and shadow, flooded with sunlight, sparkling water, birds, plants, and animals as a small boy and his grandfather celebrate the morning. A close-up illustration of a blackbird singing opens the book; the bird continues to reappear--in a tree outside the boy's window as he wakes up, reflected in the boy's eyes as he looks at the dew on the grass, perched on a stone angel's wing in a park fountain. The perspective constantly changes: A view of the boy launching a feather from the porch also reveals a forgotten baseball in the gutter. In another--one of the most effective--the boy and grandfather appear reflected in the fountain's pool, affection shining on their faces. Farjeon's verses, with references to the ""Word,"" ""His feet,"" and ""Eden,"" may be too religious for some, but those who share her sentiments will find this a glowing paean to creation.