Item description for This Is the Day! by Nancy Carlstrom & Richard Cowdrey...
Overview The creator of the Jesse Bear series invites young people to celebrate and give thanks for the world as made by God, in a volume that combines lyrical text and vivid illustrations inviting readers to listen, touch, and experience wonder every day.
Publishers Description It is both the unnoticed cottonwood seed floating in the air and the familiar raven's call that prompts children to listen, touch, be surprised, laugh, and celebrate the wonder of their creator and the beauty of creation. This enchantingly poetic story will delight children as they discover new ways to appreciate and interact with the world around them.
Awards and Recognitions This Is the Day! by Nancy Carlstrom & Richard Cowdrey has received the following awards and recognitions -
Moonbeam Children's Book Award - 2009 Silver Medal Winner - Picture Book category
Citations And Professional Reviews This Is the Day! by Nancy Carlstrom & Richard Cowdrey has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/2009
Christian Retailing - 01/05/2009 page 47
Kirkus Review - Children - 01/15/2009
CBA Retailers - 02/01/2009 page 44
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 10.9" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Feb 3, 2009
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
ISBN 0310714281 ISBN13 9780310714286 UPC 025986714284
Availability 0 units.
More About Nancy Carlstrom & Richard Cowdrey
Nancy White Carlstrom(nancywhitecarlstrom.com)has written more thanfifty booksfor children, including theJesse Bearseries with illustrator Bruce Degan.She drawsinspirationfrom her eighteen years living inAlaska, volunteer experiences inAfricaandHaiti, andraising sonsJesse and Joshua.
Ken Kuroihas contributed illustrations to many popular Japanese books, including Gongitsune (Gong, the Little Fox) by Nankichi Miimi and Neko no Jimusyo (The Cat Office) by Kenji Miyazawa.Kuroi s collaborative works with Nancy Carlstrom, Swim the Silver Sea, Joshie Otterand Midnight Dance of the Snowshoe Hareare published in America. In 2003, his gallery, Ken Kuroi s Picture Book House, opened, where his work is constantly displayed."
Nancy White Carlstrom currently resides in Fairbanks, in the state of Alaska.
Reviews - What do customers think about This Is The Day?
Gorgeous illustrations Mar 8, 2009
This is a lovely book. The illustrations by Richard Cowdrey are absolutely gorgeous! Each page looks like a marvellous painting of God's creation. I have read this book several times to my three kids (ages 2, 5, and 6) and all three enjoyed it. My 2 year old daughter especially liked the pictures and pointing out the various animals that she saw. My sons also enjoyed hearing the words and my eldest liked how each page was for a different day of the week. Reading This is the Day is an excellent way to remind our children, and ourselves, to be thankful for all God has given us in our beautiful world!
Great is God! Mar 2, 2009
Reviewed by Grace Schaefer (age 8) and Mom for Reader Views (2/09)
`This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.' Psalm 118:24
(Grace had a struggle reviewing this book--I don't know if it is the book or her. I did not read it yet so that it would be her review and not mine).
Grace believes the point of "This Is the Day!" is to praise God and praise God for the animals.
It is about God's creation and the days of the week. The main characters are animals. It's not really a story but a book that gives ideas about God.
Grace says that this is a happy book because it is about God. She loves God.
We both love the beautiful, colorful pictures. Grace's favorite is the title page with the pretty bird and sunset. Mine is the one of the insects and purple flowers.
Grace recommends "This Is the Day!" to everyone!
Stunning! Feb 6, 2009
For yummy eye candy, This is the Day! by Nancy White Carlstrom is a favorite book in our house.
Written in free verse style, this gorgeous volume celebrates Psalm 118:24 ("This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.") by highlighting the beauty and wonder of God's creation. The text is airy, asking us to appreciate some aspect of nature each day of the week:
"Sniff the garden's sweet rose, and your nose might meet a tiny tree frog. Clap for the river otter who flaps in water but waddles across the grass through cottonwood fuzz, finding his way from the pond to the bay."
But it's the splendid illustrations by Richard Cowdrey, focusing on breath-taking landscapes and amazing animals, that really makes this book special. Each page brings "ooohs" and "ahhs," from the deer shown nibbling red apples, to the fox eyeing some rabbits, to orca whales playing in the ocean. Even the endpapers, showing a bird's eye view of luscious green islands at sunset, are spectacular.
What I Like: The illustrations in this book are exceptional. My daughter also loves pointing out the blue heron found on every two page spread. The reminder to
"Let all creation lift its voice. This is the day the Lord has made. Rejoice! Rejoice!"
is also appreciated.
What I Dislike: For the most part, I find the text a bit fluffy. More substance would make this book a classic.
Overall Rating: Very good.
Kristina Seleshanko, Managing Editor, Christian Children's Book Review
Loved everything about this book! Jan 30, 2009
I was immediately impressed with this book as I gazed upon beautiful, vibrant illustrations. Each page was brought alive with illustrations so real that I felt I was part of the scene I was viewing. Exceptional. As I began to read this delightful book I was taken into each day of the week.
Upon my arrival I was encouraged to do an activity like tiptoe out into the morning world and stretch like the deer reaching for an apple high on the golden tree. Or to hum my praise to God with the buzzing bees. How sweet is that?
Yes, inside the pages we as the reader are encouraged to look at our world and join with the creatures there that are busy living their lives in the world that the Lord hath made. The author shows us that each day is a celebration with the Lord enjoying nature and the earth and giving our praise to the One who made it for us. After reading this book I found myself more aware of the beauty that surrounded me and the wonders of this earth. Truly something I needed to remember.
I recommend this book. It will enlighten and encourage readers to open their eyes and their hearts to creation and to realize each day is an opportunity to stop, remember, and give thanks for all the wonders that our Lord has blessed us with, and a reminder to enjoy the gift given to us all. Very well done.