Comforting affirmations of the goodness life offers.
Written in response to troubled times by one of the most celebrated children's book authors of all time, this comforting book is one that children and parents will want to return to when outside conflicts seem overwhelming. Rejoicing in the goodness of daily life with unforced spirituality, Cynthia Rylant's gentle verse becomes more powerful with each reading. Matching the pure reverence of the voice, Tiphanie Beeke's luminous watercolors bring a peaceful and uplifted feeling. Like a prayer, this is soothing at bedtime and is a meaningful gift for anyone facing a crisis or starting anew.
PreS-K-This picture book serves as a reassuring reminder that good things are always around the corner. In gentle rhyme, Rylant greets a new year and celebrates the constants of life, including new beginnings, togetherness, and the cyclical wonders of the natural world: "the sky will still be there/the stars will still shine/birds will fly over us/church bells will chime." Beeke's soft and soothing watercolor scenes are as comforting as the text; each spread reveals a setting of gentle color-a pink-petaled field, a sunny kitchen, or a cobalt-blue night sky. The human characters are simply drawn and yet joyfully expressive. The book's subject matter and tone make it a wonderful bedtime selection for toddlers and preschoolers, especially when read after a tough day. The optimistic viewpoint and rhyme, along with the appealing visuals, will certainly rate with young children, making this a worthy addition to most collections.-Carol L. MacKay, Camrose Public Library, Alberta, Canada Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.