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MORNING HAS BROKEN by Eleanor Farjeon


by Eleanor Farjeon & illustrated by Tim Ladwig

Age Range: 6 - 10

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1996
ISBN: 0-8028-5127-4
Publisher: Eerdmans

 ``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. (Picture book. 6-10)