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All in a day / by Cynthia Rylant ; illustrated by Nikki McClure.

Rylant, Cynthia. (Author).
Book Book (2009.)
Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 26 x 27 cm.
Publisher: New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2009.
12 of 15 copies available at NOBLE (All Libraries).
1 current hold with 15 total copies.
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  • ISBN: 9780810983212 (alk. paper)
  • ISBN: 0810983214 (alk. paper)
Summary: Illustrations and rhyming text pay homage to a new day, with promises for the future in its "perfect piece of time."
Authors: McClure, Nikki, (ill.).
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2009 April #1
    "*Starred Review* The word "lovely" gets tossed around, but it seems to fit both the words and the art of this ode to the day. Rylant, whose talent has many sides, here turns to her inner poet as she asks children to look at a day in new ways: "a perfect piece of time to live a life, / to plant a seed." As she takes readers through the day of a farm boy who feeds his chickens and checks his plants, she reminds children that a day can bring hope and kindness: "You can make a wish, / and start again." And while a day might bring rain, that very shower could teach you how to dance. She tells children what even adults should always keep in mind: "The past is sailing off to sea, / the future s fast asleep. / A day is all you have to be, / it s all you get to keep." Matching Rylant s warm words is McClure s amazing artwork. At first glance, the bold figures in black and white set against pure gold or sky-blue backgrounds seem to be woodcuts, but they are actually a sturdier variant of cut paper. If McClure makes a mistake, she notes, she "just has to keep cutting and find a solution." Perhaps there were mistakes along the way, but viewers wouldn t ever know it, and the finished product is a handsome, effective piece of bookmaking that captures the glory of a day and the possibilities it holds."
  • Publishers Weekly Reviews : PW Reviews 2009 January #3

    McClure's (Collect Raindrops) illustrations draw most of the attention here. Using an X-Acto knife and black paper, McClure suggests textures as varied as pea-plant tendrils, falling rain and the softness of a mother's body. "A day is a perfect piece of time/ to live a life,/ to plant a seed," Newbery Medalist Rylant (When I Was Young in the Mountains) begins, as a young farm boy ties one shoelace and a hen pecks at the other. In spreads on alternating blue and yellow backgrounds, the boy waters his garden and gathers eggs, but also picnics, naps and, along with his mother and the hen, stretches out on his back to gaze up at the sky. End-on perspective makes their feet, noses and the hen's body the only topographical features protruding from the curve of the horizon. "Underneath that great big sky/ the earth is all a-spin./ This day will soon be over/ and it won't come back again," Rylant writes. While children aren't usually moved by messages about fleeting time—that's a sentiment adults are likelier to have—they'll enjoy Rylant's rhythms and the tenderness of McClure's images. Ages 4–up. (Mar.)

    [Page 59]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
  • School Library Journal Reviews : SLJ Reviews 2009 May

    K-Gr 4—This picture-book poem discusses the many things that can be done in a day: plant a seed, make a wish, live a life. The illustrations were each cut from a single piece of black paper using an X-Acto knife. They incorporate white spaces and play against yellow and blue backgrounds. Astonishingly detailed, the artwork evokes the feel of classic 1940s and '50s picture books. The large spreads show a boy exploring nature on his family's farm, napping in a hammock with his mother, and hiking in the woods with his father. They successfully capture the magical childhood sense that a day can go on forever. There's no denying the simple loveliness of Rylant's text in lines like "The past is sailing off to sea,/the future's fast asleep," but ultimately, the poem's "seize the day" message may be better appreciated by adults than children.—Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD

    [Page 88]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Citation:

Rylant, Cynthia. "All in a day." New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2009.

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