A Perfect Day

Eerdmans. Oct. 2021. 44p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780802855770.
K-Gr 2–A minimalist tribute to summer, this book begins with sounds: chirps, croaks, buzzes. Words are used sparingly throughout, to signal the scoring of the season’s “symphony,” and the art is pared down as well: one vibrant yellow bird, one butterfly, one frog, one snake, some grass fronds. A few flowers suggest a meadow, five trees make a grove. But the scarlet petals, brilliant blue sky, and red fox pop against flat backgrounds. The plot is merely the passage of time and weather. There is a fork of lightning, a page of rain-streaks and curved stalks—the storm brings drums, cymbals, and maracas, then passes. The depthless art might evoke Japanese prints, or equally honor the simplicity and space of a region that resembles the midwest. First published in France, the book seeks readers who can appreciate stylized illustrations and respond to the soundtrack of nature.
VERDICT Subtle, graphically sophisticated in its focus, like Yerkes’s other titles, this book asks readers to pause thoughtfully, look closely, and take in the music.

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