The Resource All in a day, by Cynthia Rylant ; illustrated by Nikki McClure

All in a day, by Cynthia Rylant ; illustrated by Nikki McClure

Label
All in a day
Title
All in a day
Statement of responsibility
by Cynthia Rylant ; illustrated by Nikki McClure
Creator
Contributor
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Illustrations and rhyming text pay homage to a new day, with promises for the future in its "perfect piece of time."
Award
Booklist Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth, 2009
Review
  • K-Gr 4— This picture-book poem discusses the many things that can be done in a day: plant a seed, make a wish, live a life. The illustrations were each cut from a single piece of black paper using an X-Acto knife. They incorporate white spaces and play against yellow and blue backgrounds. Astonishingly detailed, the artwork evokes the feel of classic 1940s and '50s picture books. The large spreads show a boy exploring nature on his family's farm, napping in a hammock with his mother, and hiking in the woods with his father. They successfully capture the magical childhood sense that a day can go on forever. There's no denying the simple loveliness of Rylant's text in lines like "The past is sailing off to sea,/the future's fast asleep," but ultimately, the poem's "seize the day" message may be better appreciated by adults than children.—Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD --Kathleen Kelly MacMillan (Reviewed May 1, 2009) (School Library Journal, vol 55, issue 5, p88)
  • McClure's (Collect Raindrops ) illustrations draw most of the attention here. Using an X-Acto knife and black paper, McClure suggests textures as varied as pea-plant tendrils, falling rain and the softness of a mother's body. “A day is a perfect piece of time/ to live a life,/ to plant a seed,” Newbery Medalist Rylant (When I Was Young in the Mountains ) begins, as a young farm boy ties one shoelace and a hen pecks at the other. In spreads on alternating blue and yellow backgrounds, the boy waters his garden and gathers eggs, but also picnics, naps and, along with his mother and the hen, stretches out on his back to gaze up at the sky. End-on perspective makes their feet, noses and the hen's body the only topographical features protruding from the curve of the horizon. “Underneath that great big sky/ the earth is all a-spin./ This day will soon be over/ and it won't come back again,” Rylant writes. While children aren't usually moved by messages about fleeting time—that's a sentiment adults are likelier to have—they'll enjoy Rylant's rhythms and the tenderness of McClure's images. Ages 4–up. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed January 19, 2009) (Publishers Weekly, vol 256, issue 3, p59)
  • /* Starred Review */ A boy spends a day on his family farm, sharing joys and disappointments with his parents, a friendly chicken and a watchful squirrel. Rylant uses gentle verse to describe the gifts of a new day and consistent rhyme to conjure the reassuring cycles of nature. McClure's bold cut-paper illustrations make such nebulous concepts as hope and renewal accessible to young readers. Her touching black-and-white tableaux, satisfying and solid with thick lines and sharp reliefs, offer simple scenes of rejuvenation: a rain shower, a burgeoning seedling, a chicken's perfect egg. When the egg breaks, leaving the boy heartbroken, even the tiniest child will understand his tearful desire to undo what's been done, to start again. Alternating backdrops of color, finch-yellow and a soft, muted blue, allow for a whole new outlook with every page turn. This uplifting picture book succeeds in introducing children to the perennial promise of tomorrow through lithe language and honed imagery. (Picture book. 4-8) (Kirkus Reviews, February 15, 2009)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
303982
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Rylant, Cynthia
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Interest level
LG
LC call number
PZ8.3.R96
LC item number
Al 2009
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 0
  • 4
Reading level
2.2
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
McClure, Nikki
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Day
  • Stories in rhyme
  • Day
  • Picture books
  • Day
Target audience
juvenile
Label
All in a day, by Cynthia Rylant ; illustrated by Nikki McClure
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn244246524
Dimensions
27 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780810998728
Lccn
2008030527
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)244246524
Label
All in a day, by Cynthia Rylant ; illustrated by Nikki McClure
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn244246524
Dimensions
27 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780810998728
Lccn
2008030527
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)244246524

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