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Kevin Henkes creates another masterpiece with this book for younger readers. The lines of each drawing are simple and thick, yet delicate; the brown-outlined watercolors look much like woodcut prints. The text is straightforward and simply put, and the lesson is one we all should take to heart. Henkes, an award-winning author/illustrator, zeroes in on important lessons, and this is among his best work.
When each animal faces a moment that threatens to ruin his day, readers can empathize. "But then" are two words that change the world. Life does move on, things turn around, and what seemed like a bad day is suddenly good -- and what had created fleeting disappointment in one world adds to happiness in another. What a great lesson, and what a beautiful book!
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Families can talk about how it feels when things go wrong, and how temporary most disappointments are. What is a bad day? Why did the bird feel his day was bad? What about the white dog? The orange fox? Or the little brown squirrel? What changed to make their days better? What kind of day did the little girl have? What made it good? What would have happened if the yellow bird had not lost his feather? Have you ever had a bad day? How long did it last? What did you do about it? Have you had good days? What made them good?
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