From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2 The wide and enticing variety of activities mentioned by an unseen narrator should quell any child's complaint, there's nothing
to do. Suggestions include watching cloud formations, building a fort, catching fireflies and then letting them go, sledding, painting, and climbing a tree. Books offer possibilities, too: finding a quiet spot and reading your very favorite book. And then reading it again...just because it is
your favorite. Some pastimes, many of which span the seasons, are only revealed in the remarkable pictures and are demonstrated by a multicultural assortment of children. The watercolor and pen-and-ink spreads lend themselves to close examination as the pictures are chock-full of pleasant details. The designs they incorporate were inspired by the eight patterns found in nature including the spiral, the sphere, the helix, and branching and create delightful surprises at page turns. This enjoyable and useful title will inspire children on those rare occasions when precious free time magically materializes. Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI
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PreS-Gr. 2. "Once in a while, along comes a day when there is nothing . . . to do," begins this picture-book defense of unscheduled downtime. What to do with these "white, empty spaces" on the calendar? Wood offers suggestions: "I have heard . . . wonderful stories about taking off your shoes and walking through green grass. . . . Or making toy ships . . . and sailing them across a puddle." This is less a story than an explosion of images. On each spread, Halperin's soft-toned, mixed-media pictures, at least 10 per page, extend the basic fulfilling pastimes (hiking, fort building, lemonade sipping) mentioned in the text. Contemporary kids may find the absence of technology (none of the kids surf the Web or play electronic games), along with the book's overall slow-down message, a bit purposeful. Still, overscheduled children (and adults) will enjoy poring over the multitude of images, which celebrate the magic that comes with wandering, imagining, and looking closely at the smallest things. Gillian EngbergCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved