DAY IS DONE by Peter Yarrow

DAY IS DONE

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Age Range: 4 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

Yarrow’s (of Peter, Paul and Mary fame) well-known song conveys the truth that parental presence brings peace to frightened children in a difficult world; on the CD that accompanies this book, his gravelly voice melds with the bright children’s chorus and his daughter’s nimble soprano. However, the text and illustrations do not combine well. The melancholy lyrics are illustrated with images of animal parent-child pairs, including one sad bear family and a couple of timorous babies, but the rest of Sweet’s watercolor-and–mixed-media world is in bloom with playful, child-friendly flowers, and the animals mostly sport smiles. Without visual clues as to the reason for the parents’ stated sadness (“In a world filled with sorrow and woe, / If you ask me why, why is this so? / I really don’t know”), the already-opaque lyrics threaten to baffle the young readers who will be drawn to this large, bright volume. The two bonus songs (“I Know Where I’m Going” and “Dona Dona Dona”) are equally well performed, but their inclusion is puzzling. All in all, a very pretty disconnect. (afterword) (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-4027-4806-6
Page count: 24pp
Publisher: Sterling
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2009




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