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  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade; 1 edition (January 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375841881
  • ASIN: B005IUYXYG
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 9.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,264,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 1–3—Small-town America in the unspecified past finds expression in this portrait of a Sunday spent the old-fashioned way—with one's family in devotion to the Lord. An African-American boy describes the rituals and habits of his family as they rise early to a hot, shared breakfast, dress in their best clothes, and walk to church alongside other members of their community. McGowan's description of the service from the boy's point of view is spot-on. The child is both mesmerized and a little bored; he awakens from his reverie when a scripture verse or song lyric speaks to him. The day's idyllic pattern continues, with more delicious food and the companionship of friends and family. Johnson and Fancher expertly layer collaged hymns, Bible verses, and photographs beneath their impressionistic acrylic paintings of the families enjoying their day. For children whose lives include a community of faith, the Sunday related here will resonate. But for most youngsters today, the story may need a guide, and the quiet, lengthy narrative may not hold their attention.—Lisa Egly Lehmuller, St. Patrick's Catholic School, Charlotte, NC
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The ecstatic feeling of a powerful church experience meets (and vanquishes) the fussiness of a youngster in this sweet slice of realism. It’s Sunday morning and a young African American boy knows what that means: “Sunday is for God. That’s what Momma says.” Initially it’s not something to be savored; Sunday also means starchy collars and tight ties and having to sit still. Once inside the cramped church, McGowan unleashes a wealth of sensory details: you feel the motion of fidgety kids and fan-waving adults, smell the perspiration, and hear the fluttery rumble of the organ. Johnson and Fancher’s artwork is sometimes static in subject, but gets a lift from its textured mix of acrylic and collage, with printed details of Bible verses, music notes, and other illustrations bleeding through the paint. The moments of fantasy are well handled (as when the boy pretends the blue carpet is a river), but no illustration is as evocative as the one on the title page, where a musical staff soars heavenward from the church’s steeple. A tender reflection of many children’s Sunday experience. Grades 1-3. --Daniel Kraus

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Connecticut Godparent on February 3, 2010
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I agree with the School Library Journal review--a fine book for children/families familiar with church, and an accurate picture of how many kids experience worship. I especially like the fact that it follows a boy's point of view, as the great majority of children's books featuring black church worship are about girls (see my Listmania list, African American Sundays/Church in Children's Books).
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By Maxine Clark on June 16, 2014
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I am hapy to see children's book about God. It isnot preachy, but is one child's view of Sunday--God honoring, non-prejudiced, good, Wholesome story. Thank you!
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By Real & True on May 16, 2011
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This is the best book to read with children because it deals with family dynamics, going to something important, tradition, church. I loved it so much I bought it after seeing how much my son enjoys it. It's difficult to find books that reflect African American/Black American life accurately.

Having the main character be a male and having a two parent home is wonderful. This is a regular read in our house, I have a boy and girl (15 mos apart) so gender balance is very important. We read this every Sunday and sometimes during the week.
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SUNDAY IS FOR GOD was nominated for the 2011 Rodda Book Award sponsored by the Church and Synagogue Library Association (CSLA), an international organization serving congregational libraries of all faiths. CSLA's Rodda Award is named for Dorothy Rodda Sargent, a lifetime member and one of the founders of the organization. This award recognizes a book which exhibits excellence in writing and has contributed significantly to congregational libraries through promotion of spiritual growth. The award is given to books for adults, young adults, and children on a three-year-rotational basis. The 2011 Rodda Award focuses on books for children and this year's award will be presented at the CSLA annual conference to be held at the Hilton Embassy Row Hotel in Washington, July 19-22. To learn more about CSLA and the Rodda Award go to […]
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