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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Printing edition (October 18, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060546395
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060546397
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #407,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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From Booklist

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 Phelan
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Yokosuka Stripes on June 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book quickly became one of my 2-year-old son's favorites. The illustrations are astoundingly beautiful. The words are simple, poetic, and quietly moving. The concepts are easy to understand. The tone is deeply spiritual without being pedantic or preachy, and yet there is an emphasis on "family values"- friendship, family, work, and an appreciation for natural beauty woven throughout. I can't recommend this book highly enough.


"The stars will still be there. The moon will still shine. Birds will fly over us. Church bells will chime."
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By HenderHouse on April 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover
In her usual lyrical style, Cynthia Rylant reminds us that all will be well as long as the important things in life are available: people who love us, pets curled up close, peach pie, and stars that shine. The rhyming text takes the readers through the year, outlining the constants that will come to pass: the stars will shine, flowers will bloom, birds will fly. And in her life-affirming worldview, Rylant reminds us that "there will be goodness...there will be grace." Beeke's soft watercolors illustrate family and friends and flowers and stars in all their colorful variety. This would be a lovely bedtime read-aloud -- or even a bedtime prayer -- for people of all ages.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By alana d. on September 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is an enjoyable and calming book to read as a bedtime story. The illustrations are colorful and vibrant yet soft on the eye. The text is a rhyming lulling poem that reminds us of the simple things we can count on.
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More About the Author

Cynthia Rylant is the author of numerous distinguished novels and picture books for young readers. In addition to her beginning-reader series: Henry and Mudge, Poppleton, and Mr. Putter and Tabby, as well as her Cobble Street Cousins early-chapter series, she is also the author of the Newbery Medal-winning Missing May, the Newbery Honor Book A Fine White Dust, and two Caldecott Honor-winning picture books.

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