Monday, July 6, 2015

Book Review: The Day Is Waiting

I recently selected the children's book, "The Day is Waiting" to review for the blog. It is a very simple book which would be great for preschoolers and younger kids. It is illustrated by Don Freeman, who actually passed away in 1978. Upon his death, Freeman left behind several illustrations and drawings and his wife, Lydia, thought they may could be used in another book. Linda Zuckerman, a close friend of Freeman's, penned the words to the book and used Freeman's previously unpublished illustrations. "The Day is Waiting" was originally published in 1980 and was published again in April of this year. 

Here is a blurb about the book, "Don Freeman, the creator of Corduroy, was one of the most beloved and popular author/illustrators of picture books for children. After Freeman’s death in 1978, colleagues and his wife decided to use his never before published artwork and make a commemorative book using his wonderful illustrations. Paired with Linda Zuckerman's thoughtful rhyming text, The Day Is Waiting takes readers on a tour of our big, wide world and reminds us that no matter how far we roam, we always have home to come back to.
This classic tale is imbued with Freeman’s gentle humor, spontaneity, and his appreciation of the variety and complexity of human experiences, creating a book that children will enjoy reading again and again."

The book has very few words, but the sum of it is in the first sentence of the book, "What do you see when you look outside?" It goes on to tell of adventure and places around the world where once might be able to go, but in the end, you can always come home. It's a delightful quick story that children will enjoy time and again. The illustrations are fun and colorful and go nicely with the tale. 

"The Day is Waiting" can be found at Amazon and other retailers. 

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