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A Good Day

by Kevin Henkes

Published by Greenwillow Books / HarperCollins, 2007
24 pages
ISBN: trade 0-06-114018-X

Ages 2-6

A day starts out badly for four creatures--a bird loses her favorite tail feather, a dog’s leash gets tangled, a fox can’t find his mother, and a squirrel drops her nut. “But then . . . ” Henkes’s swift, finely paced text belabors nothing. Instead, there is a simply stated turn of events. The bird that lost its tail feather discovers it can fly; the fox that lost his mother turns around and finds her, and so on. It turns into a good day for each animal, and for a little girl who finds a lovely yellow feather in her yard. “Mama! What a good day!” Kevin Henkes’s pleasing story seems uncomplicated, but it has sophisticated ideas at its core for those who ponder the turn of events more deeply: frame of mind and point of view. Inviting watercolor and brown-ink illustrations on matte paper, another visual departure for this author/illustrator, complement the story’s buoyant feel. Highly Commended, 2008 Charlotte Zolotow Award  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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