Sunday, June 21, 2015

The Day is Waiting by Don Freeman/ Words by Linda Zuckerman

I requested this book because I like the scripture found in the back of the book.  It is part of one of my favorite passages of Scripture from Isaiah 55. 

"You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands."-Isaiah 55:12

That particular verse makes you think of rejoicing in the outdoors.  I think I know why they chose that one.

The Day is Waiting is a composite of illustrations put together by the late Don Freeman's wife.  Don Freeman was the creator of the children's book Corduroy.  After his passing, his wife decided to share some of his unpublished sketches, drawings, and paintings.  Words were added by close friend Linda Zuckerman, and a book was formed.

I enjoyed the book so much.  The text is simple.  The illustrations are peaceful.  Yet, they make you want to travel to faraway places.  They speak of a full life, one of lovely experiences. The words beckon you to travel and follow that inner desire to see new things.  At the end, there is the promise of home to return to.

I recommend the book to parents of small children.  Children are innately curious, always wanting to learn.  This book will encourage that curiosity.  It is also a good book to snuggle up with and read to your child.  The text is simple and the pictures match the text, so your child might have fun reading to you!

I would also recommend this book to homeschoolers.  It could be used for several fun activities.  As a literature activity, you could take the book and rewrite the story using the illustrations as inspiration.  If you are studying art, you could copy the illustrations using media of your choice.  If you are studying geography, you could explore some of the places that are illustrated in the book, two of which are London and Paris.  For science, you could study methods of travel, or some of the creatures you will encounter.

While preparing to write this book review, I learned something new.  On one of the pages there is an illustration of a bridge in London, that I thought was the London Bridge.  After researching, I discovered that it was actually the Tower Bridge in London. I think because of the shape and magnitude of the structure, the two are often confused.

There are many pictures to stir up conversations between you and your child.  I hope this book inspires you and your children of the possibilities and blessings God has in store for your lives!

Many blessings to you as you read,

Disclaimer:  I received this book free from Book Look Bloggers in exchange for a review. I was not required to give a favorable review.  The thoughts and opinions her are entirely my own.

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