From School Library Journal
PreSchool-K–This picture book serves as a reassuring reminder that good things are always around the corner. In gentle rhyme, Rylant greets a new year and celebrates the constants of life, including new beginnings, togetherness, and the cyclical wonders of the natural world: the sky will still be there/the stars will still shine/birds will fly over us/church bells will chime. Beeke's soft and soothing watercolor scenes are as comforting as the text; each spread reveals a setting of gentle color–a pink-petaled field, a sunny kitchen, or a cobalt-blue night sky. The human characters are simply drawn and yet joyfully expressive. The book's subject matter and tone make it a wonderful bedtime selection for toddlers and preschoolers, especially when read after a tough day. The optimistic viewpoint and rhyme, along with the appealing visuals, will certainly rate with young children, making this a worthy addition to most collections.–Carol L. MacKay, Camrose Public Library, Alberta, Canada
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PreS-Gr. 1. As a new year begins, this luminous picture book looks forward to the blessings the year will bring and celebrates the continuity of good things in life. Rylant's poem begins and ends with the verse "the sky will still be there / the stars will still shine / birds will fly over us / church bells will chime." In between, the short verses rejoice in everyday miracles, from blooming flowers and sleeping kittens to peaches, ice cream, and cozy homes, a litany of comforting images expressed with simplicity and grace. Rather than following one set of people throughout the book, the illustrations feature a multiracial cast of characters in small groups as they spend time together. Settings vary from rural to urban and from open spaces, such as a community garden, to more intimate settings, such as the family dinner table. Beeke's artwork glows with color and light, creating a series of very different scenes, united by the style of illustration and the spirit of the work. A reassuring picture book for young children. Carolyn PhelanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved