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Day Care Days

by Mary Brigid Barrett
Illustrated by Patti Beling Murphy

Published by Little, Brown, 1999
32 pages
ISBN: 0-316-08456-5

Ages 3 - 5

Children who go to day care centers regularly will feel at home with this rhyming picture story in which a small boy with glasses recounts the typical events of his weekdays, from getting up in the morning and having Daddy help him get dressed to having Mommy tuck him in at night. Most of his day, however, is spent in day care where he plays with friends indoors and outdoors, eats lunch, naps, paints, listens to a story, has a snack and then, one by one, watches his friends go home until Daddy returns to pick him up. While the focus is on the boy's comfortable day at the day care center, the author does not shy away from the child's momentary sadness when his Daddy leaves him in the morning, as well as his anxiety when he's nearly the last one to get picked up in the afternoon. Bold gouache paintings show the details of a busy, diverse day care center, in addition to an active home life in which an older, balding father does his fair share of the cooking and child care. CCBC categories: Picture Books for Younger Children.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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