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Day is Done (Peter Yarrow Songbook) Hardcover – 7 Apr 2010


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  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; Har/Com edition (7 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140274806X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402748066
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 27.3 x 29.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,727,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Yarrow is a member of the iconic 60s folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary. He is the author of the beloved song and now hit book Puff, the Magic Dragon. Melissa Sweet has illustrated more than 40 childrens books, including one that won the Caldecott Honor in 2008, which was also listed as a New York Times Top Ten Childrens Book of the Year. She is also the author of many childrens books.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Lovely story with music CD by Peter Yarrow 21 Sept. 2009
By M. Talalay - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Kiwi Magazine Review:
When the day is done, all will be well. Peter Yarrow croons a lovely tune from father to son, proclaiming that the end of the day brings resolution to the problems of the day. The illustrations are sweet and upbeat, to counter the sad tone of the song. This book just feels like a great big hug after a trying day.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This book will give you a sense of peace when you listen to the CD and you'll be totally awed by the artwork! 6 Dec. 2009
By D. Fowler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Among the trees and flowers a mama bear hugged her cub close as a pair dragonflies flitted through the air. The little cub's eyes were wide with fright and as she cuddled him she asked what was scaring him. She reassured him by stating that if it was the sound of "thunder in the distance" she would stay close. Other animals in the forest were staying close to their young as well to give them reassurance and protect them. The deer was staying close to her fawn and the mother rabbit bounded through a field with her little bunny. A bird approached her nest with food for her three young babies. "All will be well when the day is done."

A mother raccoon and a mother mouse talked about the woes of the world as their babies nestled close to their bodies. Some possums looked out from a hole in a nearby tree and some butterflies flitted near a pond filled with sweet pink lilies. A few ladybugs went about their business on some leaves as the mothers talked to them. In another part of the forest two more mothers, a frog and a fox, could be seen with their young. The sun had set and the beauty of the forest could be seen beneath the star studded sky. Through a light filled window a father could be seen with his young son. The boy hugged his teddy bear as his father asked, "Tell me why you're smiling, my son. Is there a secret you can tell everyone?" The wise old owl sat in a tree with her baby waiting for the answer.

When I first read through this book, I had to ask myself where the book was going because I was quite surprised at one section in the book. In particular it was these few lines: "Do you ask why I'm sighing, my son? You shall inherit what humankind has done. In a world filled with sorrow and woe, if you ask me why, why is this so? I really don't know." I must admit I was quite taken aback to see this sort of thing in a children's book, but when I read the back material and listen to the CD I realized the intent of this book and had one of those "ahhhhh" moments.

The book is intended to reflect our childlike spirit and "early acceptance of one another." Children have an understanding of some things that are lost on adults. Only then did I begin to appreciate the true beauty of this book. After I sat down again and read the book with the music playing in the background I felt a sense of peace and was totally awed by both the music and the artwork. Those who lived during the turbulent sixties will be totally awed by this book because "all will be well when the day is done."
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Will be beloved by a whole new generation of parents and children 20 Oct. 2009
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"Day Is Done" is a sensitively illustrated children's book and three-song CD of the famous song by the same title written by Peter Yarrow. Poignant lyrics, soothing paintings of animal parent and child figures and nighttime scenes make "Day Is Done" a beautiful, classic bedtime book to share between parent and child. In addition to the title song as sung originally by Peter, Paul, and Mary in the 60's, the accompanying CD includes the songs "I know Where I'm Going" and "Dona Dona Dona" recorded by Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul and Mary, folk singers trio of 60's and more recent fame) and his daughter, Bethany Yarrow, a combination American/African/Caribbean style folk singer who performs with Rufus Cappadocia as Bethany and Rufus. This past month saw the death of Mary Travers, performer in the original trio. It is wonderful to see the continuing legacy of this creative group in this new format. "Day Is Done" will be beloved by a whole new generation of parents and children, fathers and sons, and is appropriate for children age 3-7.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Read My Review After You Read the Negative Reviews 21 Oct. 2013
By Pen Name - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Several Points:

1.) This book is clearly intended to be sung to children. A big hint is the included CD.

2.)This book would appeal more to Peter, Paul & Mary fans or folk music fans, or caregivers interested in developing an intimacy with children that acknowledges that the world has problems and that these problems are inherited by innocent children who rely on loving caregivers to provide guidance as to how to deal with these problems.

3.) The gender issue is a non-issue. I have sung this song to all four of my kids over the past 13 years, male and female, and they were all intrigued and loved the time together, and did not seem to feel excluded because the song was written for someone's little boy.

4.) My 4 year old with special needs and severe attention impairment requests this book to be sung to him nightly. My 6 year old loves the song and asks so many questions during and after the song about what the words mean and what the song means. It's a great opportunity to have heart to heart communication about difficult subjects like the problems in the world, our personal fears, etc.

I think many people repress things that disturb them, and certainly try to keep children from exposure. I also protect my children from exposure to the "world filled with sorrow and woe" the song describes. However, I think we can raise up loving, responsible children that don't run away from the problems in the world. These children may turn out better equipped to not simply turn a blind eye to problems such as war, hunger, poverty, slavery (yes, it still exists, even in the U.S.). Many Americans obviously do turn a blind eye to these issues, and keep their children from ever thinking about them. It's not pessimistic to raise thoughtful, compassionate children that acknowledge reality.

In short, the negative reviews about the "book", which is a song to be sung, reflect more about the fears and negative emotions/coping mechanisms of the reviewers than the message of this song. This song is timeless, and I've rarely heard any other song that so intimately expresses a heartfelt desire to care for children amidst the challenges of the human condition.
Day is Done 28 Dec. 2009
By Jewish Book World Magazine - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The lyrics of Day is Done, the well-known song by folk singer Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul and Mary) are beautifully paired with stunning watercolor and mixed media illustrations by Caldecott Honor winner Melissa Sweet. The gentle words lend themselves to a bedtime ritual read aloud. The illustrations convey a warmth and sense of belonging, with loving representations of animals in parent/child interactions against a backdrop of a magical forest-like setting. Included with the book is a CD of Peter Yarrow, accompanied by Bethany Yarrow. The three musical selections are sublime, offering children a lovely introduction to traditional folk music. Adults will also find comfort in the familiar cadence of Yarrow voice. The CD is perfect for bedtime, quiet time, or soothing background music for playtime. The book does not have Jewish content, but the third track on the CD is a beautiful rendition of "Dona, Dona, Dona". Although Yarrow has created his own lyrics, the melody maintains the essence of the original composition. Day is Done is appropriate for families and schools. The combination book/CD would also be a beautiful gift. For ages 2 and up. Barbara Bietz
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