All in a Day

 
(i)

 

Poem celebrates a new day with endless possibilities.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Encourages kids to appreciate every day and see the beauty in simple things.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this book has a hopeful message and contains nothing inappropriate or distasteful. Papercut illustrations made with an exacto knife are inspirational.

User reviews

Parents say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

Kids say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

What's the story?

As a young boy wakes, he faces a new day and all the promise it holds: work, play, sun and rain, hope, kindness, new beginnings, love, and more.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

With its hopeful message, and the reminder to make each day count, this is a book worth reading. With a poetic text and tender black papercut illustrations set against softly colored pages, it makes its point without getting too syrupy. The barefoot boy, and the chicken that follows him everywhere, looks like summer and all the freedom that comes with it.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the title of this book. What is a day, and what does the author mean when she promises "all in a day"? How does the boy feel when he gets up? What kinds of things does he do? Do you feel hopeful each morning, like it is the beginning of something new? How does he feel when he finds the egg? How about when he drops it? What do you think he is wishing for when he blows on the dandelion? How can a day "change everything, given half a chance"?

Book details

Author:Cynthia Rylant
Genre:Picture Book
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Abrams Books for Young Readers
Publication date:March 1, 2009
Number of pages:32
Publisher's recommended age(s):4 - 8
Read aloud:4
Read alone:6

This review of All in a Day was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

Quality

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

About Our Rating System

The age displayed for each title is the minimum one for which it's developmentally appropriate. We recently updated all of our reviews to show only this age, rather than the multi-color "slider." Get more information about our ratings.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Write a user reviewThere aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Poll

Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Digital Compass