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The Day Is Waiting

Format: Hardcover

Availability: In stock

Quick Overview:

The Day Is Waiting, illustrated by New York Times bestselling illustrator of Corduroy, Don Freeman, takes readers on a tour of our wonderful world and reminds us that no matter how far we roam, we always have home to come back to.

Don Freeman, the creator of Corduroy, was one of the most beloved and popular author/illustrators of picture books for children. After Freeman’s death in 1978, colleagues and his wife decided to use his never before published artwork and make a commemorative book using his wonderful illustrations. Paired with Linda Zuckerman's thoughtful rhyming text, The Day Is Waiting takes readers on a tour of our big, wide world and reminds us that no matter how far we roam, we always have home to come back to.

This classic tale is imbued with Freeman’s gentle humor, spontaneity, and his appreciation of the variety and complexity of human experiences, creating a book that children will enjoy reading again and again.


Contributor(s) Don Freeman , Linda Zuckerman
UPC 025986740542
ISBN-10 0310740541
ISBN-13 9780310740544
Release Date Apr 21, 2015
Weight (lbs) 1.4250
Height 10.50
Width 8.63
Length 32
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Zonderkidz
Price $9.99
Format Hardcover
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by Cindy
Overall Rating
What is the day waiting for? For you to have an adventure. To open the book, and to allow your imagination explore the places and possibilities. To dream of riding in an airplane, on a ship or a train. To see a penguin or a pigeon. To simply get out and experience life, that is what the day is waiting for. Now did I "get" that the first time through this book? No I didn't but I was reading it too literally, as an adult. Then I read the premise behind the story. Artwork left after Don's passing, and a story written to go
with the pictures. I then re-read the story, trying to picture it as an adventure. It then took on a different meaning than my first impression of a disjointed story, that made no sense to this nearly 50 yo adult. Do I think all children will "get" the story? No, but for those who do, it will be a wonderful adventure. I loved the artwork. Absolutely beautiful! Thanks to Don's wife for seeing the value and sharing these treasures with us. 4 stars from this reviewer.
This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.
(Posted on 7/13/2015)
Review by
Overall Rating
The Day is Waiting is a book that is the result of a somewhat backward process in comparison to traditional books - this one was created from a compilation of illustrations first, then a simple story was written to accompany the illustrations. The illustrations are done by Don Freeman (illustrator of Corduroy), and the story was written by Linda Zuckerman.

The illustrations are definitely the highlight of this book - there are a variety of illustrations created with different techniques (a variety not generally found in picture books). The story, in my opinion, feels like an afterthought - it doesn't seem to add anything to the illustrations. I would have preferred to have a book of larger illustrations with no text.

Even so, the illustrations are colorful, inviting, and great for the imagination - they would make great framed art in a child's room.

FTC Declaration: The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy. This does not change the fact that I will give my honest opinion in my reviews. (Posted on 6/11/2015)
Review by Fitzysmom
Overall Rating
The house that hasn't read Corduroy over and over and over is undoubtedly a rare one. I know that our copy of the book is tattered and worn but well loved. My children enjoyed the little bear's escapades in all of the books and I loved the artwork.

When Don Freeman died in 1978 his family and close family friend, Linda Zuckerman decided to publish one last book with Don's beautiful artwork and Linda's words. The result is The Day Is Waiting.

It is everything that I think embodies Don's work. The story is adorable and leads children on a little adventure then safely returns them home to embark upon a new adventure another day. What I truly love about it is the beautiful artwork. Included are illustrations done in pastel, watercolor and other media. Such a treat for the eyes!

If you enjoy reading the Corduroy books with your kiddos then you really must get this one to round out your collection. It is a beautiful tribute to a man that touched so many of our childhoods.

I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review. (Posted on 5/13/2015)
Review by April
Overall Rating
This is a very simple book but yet can create a great discussion on places you wish to visit and dreams in general for life. The pictures are simple and fun and there is rhyming throughout the text. It is a good reminder to show us that no matter where we go God is with us and home... family is always waiting for us. This story can be paired easily with the parable of the lost son.

My two kids enjoyed the story and talking about places they would like to go... Disney World of course! :) (Posted on 5/5/2015)
Review by Jalynn
Overall Rating
With very sweet childlike prose we are introduced to the main character a little boy that seems to have awakened to the world around him. The day is Waiting takes the reader by the hand and opens up the world to him in such a fascinating yet big way that by the end of the story home is actually the best loved place of all. Don Freeman should be a name you recognize because he is also the author of Corduroy, another famous well loved children's book. This book is perfect for the 4-8 age range. The illustrations are drawn in muted colors and very simple drawing. It is a sweet book full of promise and imagination.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review through my participation on the Z Blog Squad.
(Posted on 5/5/2015)
Review by Lisa
Overall Rating
The Day is Waiting is a really easy to read book for young children. Each page has one simple sentence to be read. This book encourages children to look outside and notice things around them. Also it helps them to use their imagination about the world. The pictures are detailed and pretty. This book by Don Freeman, is geared towards younger children just learning to read. I love that this book is a hardcover book because my kids could be pretty tough on books. My 6 year old loves this book. Great addition for our home library!

I received this book for review purposes. All opinions are my own. (Posted on 5/4/2015)
Review by The IE Mommy
Overall Rating
This book was different than what I expected. To be honest, my kids and I didn't love The Day is Waiting the first time around. To me it just seemed a bit scattered and disconnected. My five year old daughter described it as "boring." Ouch!

Never one to give up on a children's book the first time, I read the back to see what the author was thinking. I obviously didn't connect with him immediately but I figured something was just getting lost in translation so sometimes it helps to find out his intent.

In this book, the reader, or the child, is the main character. It is them that goes around the world and visits different places and returns home at the end. I think part of the reason Paige can't appreciate it is she hasn't been to or even heard of most of the places traveled to like New York or London.

Once I explained to Paige that this was like going on her very own adventure, we read it again and I think that helped us both understand and like it better. Do I think one should have to read the description to "get it?" No. It's not entirely confusing. You get that they are visiting places but it just seemed somehow disconnected and like there wasn't really a point. At the end when they go home, I didn't feel the usual emotion and sentiment I do when I read children's books.

The one who did seem to love the book was my one year old Jax. I think he liked the pictures and the rhythmic writing and the fact that each page was so short. He's all about turning the page!

The Day is Waiting won't be going down as one of our favorites but I did appreciate the illustrations and the sense of adventure. (Posted on 5/3/2015)

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