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This Beautiful Day
by Richard Jackson and Suzy Lee


Overview - In the tradition of We're Going on a Bear Hunt , acclaimed author Richard Jackson and award-winning illustrator Suzy Lee prove you can chase away any grey and gloomy day with just the right attitude, and a little bit of color.

Why spend a rainy day inside?  Read more...


 
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Overview
In the tradition of We're Going on a Bear Hunt, acclaimed author Richard Jackson and award-winning illustrator Suzy Lee prove you can chase away any grey and gloomy day with just the right attitude, and a little bit of color.

Why spend a rainy day inside? As three children embrace a grey day, they seems to beckon the bright as they jump, splash, and dance outside, chasing the rain away. The day's palette shifts from greys to a hint of blue, then more blue. Then green Then yellow Until the day is a technicolor extravaganza that would make Mary Poppins proud. A joyous homage to the power of a positive attitude.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781481441391
  • ISBN-10: 1481441396
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books
  • Publish Date: August 2017
  • Page Count: 40
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-8
  • Dimensions: 10.8 x 7.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 pounds


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BookPage Reviews

Sunny attitude on a rainy day

BookPage Children’s Top Pick, August 2017

The cover of Richard Jackson’s This Beautiful Day, a glass-half-full story of cheer and resilience, says it all: A child walks through pouring rain with an umbrella. The sky is dark. The clouds are heavy. But the child still smiles. It’s a beautiful day, no matter what, if you decide to see it as such.

The story opens indoors, where three young children stare outside at the heavy rain and dark clouds. They are bored and more than a little defeated. But one child turns up the music on the radio, and they begin to dance and spin. Determined to make the most of crummy weather, they grab their rain gear and head outside, stomping in the puddles, jumping and playing. Jackson’s playful text, heavy on busy verbs, bursts with action: “This beautiful day has all of us skipping and singing and calling aloud. . . .”

The body language in Suzy Lee’s relaxed, loose-lined illustrations is spot-on, the children nearly bursting from the pages in all their joy. Her palette opens wide, as the monochromatic colors of the rainy day fade to reveal bright, sunny colors when the clouds pull away.

It’s as if the entire story is one big contented sigh; the storyline builds with infectious energy to a happy climax, then slows down in the end when the family sits outdoors, popsicles in hand, happy for the beautiful day they were smart enough to spot before the sun ever showed.

Invigorating and inspiring, This Beautiful Day is the perfect summer read.

 

Julie Danielson features authors and illustrators at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast, a children’s literature blog.

This article was originally published in the August 2017 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

 
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