From the first orange glow on the water in the pond, to the last humans and animals running home from an evening rain shower, here is a day-in-the-life of a city park, and the playground within it. A rhythmic text and sweet, accessible images will immerse parents, toddlers, and young children in the summer season and the community within a park. Seasoned picture book readers may notice Emily Jenkins's classic inspirations for this book: Alvin Tresselt's Caldecott Medal-winning White Snow, Bright Snow, illustrated by Roger Duvoisin, and Charlotte Zolotow's The Park Book, illustrated by H. A. Rey.
Starred Review, The Bulletin, July 2013:
"In addition to being a mesmerizing tale in its own right, the book offers a wide range of possible uses—it’s rich with opportunities for one-on-one seek and find, whether of water or of people, and its immediacy and vividness make it a sneaky alternative for days when weather kills off an actual park visit."
The New York Times Book Review, June 2, 2013:
“Jenkins taps out the day’s rhythm in clear, unadorned prose… [with] characters as diverse as their real-life counterparts in Prospect Park.”
Starred Review, Booklist, March 15, 2013:
“A wonderfully fresh look at a timeless topic.”
From the Hardcover edition.
EMILY JENKINS is the author of the highly successful picture book Five Creatures, which has won numerous awards, including a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor. She is also the author of the Toys trilogy and numerous other award-winning books for children. Visit her at EmilyJenkins.com/kidsbooks.html.
STEPHANIE GRAEGIN's first picture book, Happy Birthday, Bunny! by Liz Garton Scanlon, will publish in January 2013. Graegin received her BFA from the Maryland Institute for Fine Arts and her MFA in printmaking from Pratt.