A BAD DAY by Ruth Holland


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Addressing the child reader as ""You"" the text describes one of those grim days which all children have. The little girl pictured in the soft, well-drawn illustrations wakes up with good intentions but all day -- at home, at school and after school-she can't seem to put a foot right. Every small disaster, from spilled milk to tardiness, is greeted with a frown, right up to bedtime. But, ""Mother and Daddy and Big Sister Louisa come to say goodnight, Mother tucks you in tight... and hugs you tight."" The book is an earnest effort at reassurance. The use of ""You"" invites immediate identification that only sensitive children raised in gentle circumstances will be able to give. There seem to be a number of children who would find a day of frowns easy to bear, even a relief -- if they noticed them at all. An indirect and humorous approach to those familiar bad days was effectively offered in Russell Hoban's recent The Sorely Trying Day (p. 361, J-115).

Publisher: McKay