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Day Is Done [With CD (Audio)]by Peter Yarrow
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And if you take my hand, my son,
All will be well when the day is done.
A stunning version of Peter Yarrow's gentle song, “Day Is Done,” now available as a board book. As night falls, animal and human parents everywhere tenderly tuck their children into bed. In the darkness, each child—raccoon, doe, rabbit, field mouse, and a little boy—wonders: Will I be safe? Will you be there for me? And every mommy and daddy responds with the comforting words of Yarrow's refrain: “Yes, I am here.” Caldecott Honor-winning artist Melissa Sweet's gorgeous images celebrate the loving bond between parent and child, as well as the connection between all creatures of the earth.
"Caldecott Honor artist Sweet (A River of Words: The Life of William Carlos Williams) effectively uses animal parent and child pairs to lighten the hopeful yet somber message of Yarrow's (Puff, the Magic Dragon) folk song, which he first performed with the trio Peter, Paul and Mary. Watercolor and mixed-media art reveals members of each animal family tenderly gazing into each others' eyes in placid woodland settings shown in cool earth tones punctuated by shocks of brilliant color: scarlet berries, magenta lily pads, crimson toadstools. Together, the animals eventually approach a house in which a father lovingly tucks his son into bed. The boy's bright yellow room exudes comfort, and even when storm clouds threaten, there's no real menace in any of Sweet's depictions of nature; yet in concert with Yarrow's verse, the overall effect is somewhat haunting. A CD tucked into the back cover features Yarrow and his daughter Bethany singing 'Day Is Done' (plus two traditional songs, 'I Know Where I'm Going' and 'Dona Dona Dona,' with new words and music by the author). Ages 3 — 7." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Songwriter Yarrow follows "Puff, the Magic Dragon" with a picture book version of his beautiful song "Day Is Done." Caldecott Honor-winning artist Sweet has created gorgeous images that celebrate the loving bond between parent and child. Includes an audio CD. Full color.
A stunning version of Peter Yarrow's tender “Day Is Done.” As animal and human parents everywhere tuck their children into bed, each child wonders: Will I be safe? Will you be there? And every mommy and daddy responds with Yarrow's comforting refrain: “Yes, I am here.” Melissa Sweet's gorgeous images celebrate the bonds between parent and child, as well as all creatures of the earth.
About the Author
Peter Yarrow is a member of the iconic '60s folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary. Along with Lenny Lipton, he is the author of the beloved song and now hit book Puff, the Magic Dragon. In addition to extensive touring and performing, Peter is active in Operation Respect, an organization that promotes anti-bullying awareness in schools across the country.
Melissa Sweet has illustrated more than 40 children's books, including the 2008 Caldecott Honor winner A River of Words, which was also listed as a New York Times Top Ten Children's Book of the Year. The New York Times Book Review listed Carmine: A Little More Red (Houghton Mifflin)—which she both wrote and illustrated—among its Ten Best Illustrated Books of the Year, and The Boy Who Drew Birds (Houghton Mifflin) was a New York Public Library Best Book for 2004.
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