A Perfect Day

by Lane Smith

Cat, Dog, Chickadee, and Squirrel are all relishing a perfect day, although the reason... read more

Cat, Dog, Chickadee, and Squirrel are all relishing a perfect day, although the reason for perfection differs for each of them: the warm sun in a flowerbed (Cat), a cool pool (Dog), birdseed (Chickadee), and a corncob (Squirrel). Enter Bear, who disrupts everyone’s moment of bliss. Each of the animals hastily abandons a prized spot or snack when Bear lumbers near. It turns out Bear, whose massive presence can barely be contained on the page, is having a perfect day, too. His comprises a composite of comforts: “The warmth of the sun. The cool of the water. A belly full of corn and seed. A flower bed for a nap.” A simple text showcases repetition and predictability, while the dynamic mixed-media illustrations command attention with changes of scale and perspective. (Ages 2-6)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2018

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