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A Perfect Day Hardcover – April 24, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; First Edition first Printing edition (April 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006051972X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060519728
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 7.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #983,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 2–The cover picture of a father and son sitting under a tree sets the tone for this gentle story. Cuddle up upon my lap./Close your eyes and take a nap. Their perfect day consists of doing ordinary things–going for a walk, picnicking with friends, watching the clouds, reading books (by Charlip). The simple illustrations resemble something a youngster might draw, and the palette of soft pastel colors supports the story's comforting atmosphere and the love between these two. Large, block uppercase letters on uncluttered artwork make it easy for beginning readers to enjoy this sweet book on their own, but it is also ideal for one-on-one sharing. In less than 100 words, Charlip has crafted a cozy story that is a perfect example of parent and child bonding.–Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT
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From Booklist

A boy thinks about how he and his father will spend the day. At breakfast, "We could talk about how we might go for a walkabout." And so begins an imagining of all the things it might be fun to do. There's nothing out of the ordinary: having friends over, sharing a meal, reading picture books. The artwork, executed in watercolor washes, makes use of spacious, textured-looking backgrounds in purple, gold, green, and blue. Everything here is very simple, from the short, one-line bits of text to the uncluttered pictures. The accent is always on the affection that the curly-headed boy and his father feel for each other and those who come into their home. With no mother in the art and with a subtle sense of longing in the words, this story may have special meaning for kids who aren't always with their dads. Ilene Cooper
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carrie Sheridan on December 14, 2007
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take a chance and buy this wonderful, charming book - about the perfect day your dad is going to have with you - just doing the dumb, wonderful, best things together - inspiring, comforting, uplifting, too precious for words...
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kelly H on August 11, 2008
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A quiet story about a dad and son and how they spend a day together. A little TOO quiet for my taste--I like more plot in a picture book--but the text was nice and short, and the illustrations are fine. Not my favorite as far as illustrations go, but they're nice enough.
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