One of my children's favorite books was "Corduroy" by Don Freeman. The little bear was a hit with my preschool kids as well. So when I got the chance to preview "The Day is Waiting" which his wife and colleagues created from never before published artwork I had to jump on it! The simple text is Linda Zuckerman's and it rhymes. The pictures are truly mini works of art and show Freeman's sense of humor. Some are of a more simplistic style, but many of them are really breathtaking. My personal favorite is a goat on top of the house (enjoying the view), but the greenhouse filled with flowers is a close second. The book is about enjoying the sights in the world while knowing you have a home to return to.
Though the language is simplistic and the book is short, there are many topics that come up in the book that would make great springboards for discussion with your little one. There are animals, modes of transportation, cities, people and insects. Whatever catches your young reader's eye can be discussed at length. For an older child's activity you could challenge them to reorder the pages and tell a new story!
I recommend "The Day is Waiting" almost as much as I would recommend "Corduroy."
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