Children’s Corner: The Day Is Waiting

13 May

740541Don Freeman, the creator of Corduroy, was one of the most beloved and popular author/illustrators of picture books for children. After Freeman’s death in 1978, colleagues and his wife decided to use his never before published artwork and make a commemorative book using his wonderful illustrations. Paired with Linda Zuckerman’s thoughtful rhyming text, The Day Is Waiting takes readers on a tour of our big, wide world and reminds us that no matter how far we roam, we always have home to come back to.

This classic tale is imbued with Freeman’s gentle humor, spontaneity, and his appreciation of the variety and complexity of human experiences, creating a book that children will enjoy reading again and again.

230px-DonFreemanDon Freeman (August 11, 1908 – January 1, 1978) was an American painter, printmaker, cartoonist, and an illustrator and writer of children’s books. He was the creator of the children’s classic, Corduroy.

zuckerman_linda_lgLinda Zuckerman grew up in Brooklyn and has lived in the Pacific Northwest for almost fifteen years. She has been a children’s book editor for more than forty years on both coasts, having held executive editorial positions at several major publishing houses. Linda is the editor of three books that were awarded the Caldecott Medal and two that received Newbery Honor citations.


My Impressions:

With Don Freeman’s colorful and whimsical illustrations and Linda Zuckerman’s simple rhymes, The Day Is Waiting is the perfect picture book to engage your child’s imagination. Both pictures and text will make your child think and respond to the world around him. I especially liked that each page opens up a dialog between parent (or grandparent) and child about what can be seen and learned in the world. Yet in the end, it is noted that the best place to be, after adventures are complete, is home. The illustrations are from the collection of Don Freeman and are done in many styles. The eclectic mix works well. A fun way to spend an afternoon or evening, I recommend The Day Is Waiting.


Audience: children ages 4-8.

To purchase this book, click HERE.

(Thanks to Zonderkidz for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)