From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3-Farjeon's beautiful poem was written in praise of the Creator, based on Psalm 118, Verse 24, which reads "This is the day that the Lord hath made." It actually is a hymn (the music is appended) that was first published in 1931 and has also been recorded as a popular song. Now it appears as a picture book celebrating the beauty of nature, a close intergenerational relationship, and the interconnectedness of all life. The illustrations, in warm colors suffused with morning light, depict the universal experience evoked by Farjeon's words as a boy and his grandfather share a day in the park. The text conveys an important and uplifting message but will probably need some adult interpretation. In spite of one rain scene that seems inserted somewhat gratuitously into an otherwise sunny day, leaving the boy quite dry afterwards, this is a harmonious marriage of text and illustrations that can speak to children and adults on many levels.Sue Norris, Rye Free Reading Room, NY
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Ages 4^-8. Most baby boomers are familiar with this charming hymn in the version recorded by pop singer Cat Stevens, but it was originally published in 1931. Farjeon's lyrics, based on Psalm 118:24, which proclaims "this is the day that the Lord hath made; we shall rejoice and be glad in it," form the sole text of this picture book. The bold and richly colored illustrations show a grandfather and grandson experiencing the joy and newness of a bright morning as they rise and leave their separate homes to make their way to a rendezvous in the park. The adaptation is mostly successful, though the words seem better suited to singing than to reading, and some of the archaic language will not be understood by children. Still, the rich details in the paintings add interest, and the bond between the pair is well portrayed. A simple piano arrangement of the song is also included on the final page. Shelley Townsend-Hudson