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Just for Today [Hardcover]

By Jan Phillips, Alison Bonds Shapiro (Illustrator), Arianna Huffington (Foreward By), G. Richard Tucker (Contributor), Victor Milan, Melissa Hyde (Contributor), Becky Freeman & B. Teissier (Editor)
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Item description for Just for Today by Jan Phillips, Alison Bonds Shapiro, Arianna Huffington, G. Richard Tucker, Victor Milan, Melissa Hyde, Becky Freeman & B. Teissier...

Just for Today shows children and their families what fun it can be to unplug from their busy lives and spend the day together. In an increasingly busy world, Mr. and Mrs. Bear have a radical plan. Just for today, the Bear family is going to do nothing but enjoy one another's company. Overjoyed, Brother and Sister Bear begin by hiding all the clocks they can find, and Mr. and Mrs. Bear promise no nagging or scolding. Next it's on to finger painting, a trip to the park, and more. The challenge is, how many fun, relaxing, and silly activities can the family engage in before nightfall? Rich, four-color illustrations depict the wonderful time in store for a family that takes some time off.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 9.75" Height: 9"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 30, 2005
Publisher   HJ Kramer/New World Library
ISBN  1932073078  
ISBN13  9781932073072  

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8 > Picture Books
2Books > Subjects > Children > Animals > Bears > Fiction
3Books > Subjects > Children > Baby-3 > General
4Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Explore the World > Fiction > General
5Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Family Life > Multigenerational > Fiction

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A fun and thought-provoking picturebook story  Jul 6, 2005
Alison Bonds Shapiro illustrates the radical story of a Bear family who decides to defy an increasingly busy world by turning off phones, faxes, and more. Beginning with parents promising a day free of nagging to bear cubs who decide to hide all the clocks, Just For Today by Jan Phillips evolves into a fun and thought-provoking picturebook story.
A Great Message For Young and Old Alike  Jun 7, 2005
"So just for today... We'll breakfast on popcorn, and talk about our wishes. We'll make some paper airplanes soar and forget about the dishes." -from the book

In an increasingly busy world, Mama and Papa Bear have proposed a radical plan: just for today, the Bear family and their pets are going to do absolutely nothing but have fun and enjoy one another's company.

Choosing to ignore the laundry, turn off the telephone, and postpone bills and taxes, the Bear family indulges in a day of pleasure: squishing clay, playing dress up in funny hats, pretending they're opera singers, walking barefoot in the grass, juggling jelly beans, splashing in puddles, and riding bikes until dark are just a few of the wonderful activities they share.

Illustrated in gentle watercolors, Just for Today reminds us of the importance of quality time with loved ones and the inherent value in exchanging the demands of life with silly games and relaxing pastimes.
Winsome day  Apr 9, 2005
Just For Today is a delightful little book. It is about the kind of a day that many children dream about, when daily stress is gone and the hours are sweet with sharing and being with loved ones. There is time to pay attention to the lovely things in life and chores are put aside for a time. This is a sweet winsome book and I am sure children would enjoy it very much. I think this is a "read it again" story. There is a message for the grown-ups too, maybe spending time with loved ones is more important than getting everything done. The illustrations are beautiful -- a very special little book.
If Only...  Apr 2, 2005
all our busy families occasionally took time to JUST enjoy each other's company. This simple, yet inspiring, read aloud will make children yearn for days just like that and, hopefully prompt harried moms and dads to take time to savor the families they've created. The delightful verse of the story comes joyfully to life with bright, fun, water-colored illustrations. This is a book to read over and over.
Delightful!  Mar 28, 2005
Wouldn't we all just love a day with no work, rules or responsibilities? I would!
This tale of a day off from everything but family just shines with love. The text is deceptively simple, speaking to how often we are weighted down with dozens of reasons NOT to just be with those we love, and the watercolor illustrations are whimsical, bright, and beautiful. Have your child, (or grandchild) look for all the bears' shoes when they decide to go barefoot (bearpaw?)
This is a book you'll read over and over; it will be the answer to "what shall we read tonight?" for years to come.

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