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A Perfect Day

A Perfect Day
by Lane Smith
Roaring Book Press, 2017

A perfect day means different things to different creatures, but what happens when it means the same thing?

The cat enjoys the sun in the flower bed, the dog enjoys a water’s coolness in a wading pool, the Chickadee enjoys the seeds in a bird feeder, and the squirrel enjoys an ear of corn…..until bear arrives!  It was a perfect day for squirrel, Chickadee, dog and cat and now it’s a perfect day for bear.

With richly textured, whimsical paintings showing the emotions of each creature, the young reader knows exactly what is happening when each creature enjoys their perfect day and when it is taken away. It tugs at the heart, but life is what it is.  Somehow the story is comforting.

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There is a Tribe of Kids

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There is a Tribe of Kids

by Lane Smith
Roaring Brook Press, 2016

It’s the exquisite illustrations that make this book work.  I think the author/illustrator Lane Smith created the words just to stretch his artistic genius.  Using oils, acrylic varnish, colored pencils, graphite and more, the readers follow a young boy as he explores different groupings of wildlife.  From a colony of penguins, to a smack of jellyfish, to an unkindness of ravens, we follow the mischievous boy as he playfully explores his worlds.  Moving through a bed of clams and a night of dreams, the boy discovers a tribe of kids like him!  Readers rejoice with the boy when he sees all the playful, creative kids to play with.

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