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A good day / Kevin Henkes.

Henkes, Kevin. (Author).
Book Book (c2007.)
Description: [24] p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm.
Publisher: New York, NY : Greenwillow Books, c2007.
24 of 29 copies available at NOBLE (All Libraries).
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  • ISBN: 006114018X (trade bdg.)
  • ISBN: 9780061140181 (trade bdg.)
  • ISBN: 0061140198 (lib. bdg.)
  • ISBN: 9780061140198 (lib. bdg.)
  • Edition: 1st ed.
Summary: A bird, a fox, a dog, and a squirrel overcome minor setbacks to have a very good day.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2006 December #2
    /*Starred Review*/ Playfully contradicting the title, Henke's latest picture book begins with the words "It was a bad day." Each of the next four spreads explains why: "Little yellow bird lost his favorite tail feather. / Little white dog got her leash all tangled up in the fence. / Little orange fox couldn't find his mother. / And little brown squirrel dropped her nut." Then the tone shifts, and there's a happy reversal for each of the four animals, leading to the book's ending--when a little girl picks up the bird's feather, tucks it behind her ear, and calls to her mother, "What a good day!" From the reversals and the perfectly chosen words to the spirit of hope that bubbles to the surface, this story works well in every way. As precise, unaffected, and easy for a young child to understand as the text, the illustrations feature forms cleanly defined with thick black lines and brightened with watercolors. The final picture brings every story element back home in a visually and emotionally satisfying resolution. A simple picture book, expertly tuned to the emotions and imaginations of children. ((Reviewed December 15, 2006)) Copyright 2006 Booklist Reviews.
  • Publishers Weekly Reviews : PW Reviews 2006 December #3

    Henkes's latest combines the thick black line of his Caldecott Medal winning Kitten's First Full Moon with the vivid palette of his mouse books to showcase a soothing story about turning lemons into lemonade. Four animalsâ€"a sun-yellow bird, a white terrier, an orange fox and a brown squirrelâ€"face small disappointments that threaten to ruin their moods. The bird loses a prized tail feather, the dog tangles his leash around the fence, the fox has lost sight of his mother, and a meaty acorn plummets out of squirrel's grasp. But before even a hint of gloom can settle over an otherwise sunny day, Henkes briskly reverses gears and reveals these momentary lossesâ€"of self, freedom, love and foodâ€"as gains. The skillful circularity of this simple tale is capped by a nameless barefoot girl who finds the bird's "perfect yellow feather" and jauntily tucks it behind one ear. "Mama! What a good day!" she cries, running into the house in a wide angle shot that shows each of the story's other creatures at home in her front yard. A perfectly pleasing parable for the lap-reading crowd, who will find reassurance in the way each animal conquers an obstacle and finds his or her reward. All ages. (Mar.)

    [Page 61]. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
  • School Library Journal Reviews : SLJ Reviews 2007 March

    PreS-Gr 1— Employing the thick lines and uncluttered illustrations reminiscent of his work in Kitten's First Full Moon (Greenwillow, 2004), Henkes tells the story of four creatures who start out having a bad day. A bird loses his favorite feather, a dog gets her leash tangled in a fence, a fox loses his mother, and a squirrel drops her nut. But then, the squirrel finds an even bigger nut, the fox is reunited with his mother, the dog frees her leash, and the bird discovers he can fly higher than ever, even without his feather. The animals' triumphant expressions and perky postures, in sharp contrast to their former dejected demeanors, bear witness to the fact that the bad day has turned out to be a good one after all. In a surprising twist, a young girl finds the bird's feather, "tuck[s] it behind her ear," and runs to her mother shouting, "What a good day!" A reprise of all four creatures in the last scene as the excited child seeks out her parent is the perfect conclusion. Full-page, pastel-hued watercolor-and-ink illustrations appear framed opposite each page of large, brief text. This gentle story affords an opportunity to introduce the very young to ways of dealing with life's small disappointments. A fine choice for the lap set.—Marianne Saccardi, formerly at Norwalk Community College, CT

    [Page 173]. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.


Henkes, Kevin. "A good day." New York, NY : Greenwillow Books, 2007.

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