A Perfect Day (Lane Smith)

Hello, everybody! Today’s book is A Perfect Day by Lane Smith, a warm and funny story about how everyone has their own version of the perfect day.

In a humble backyard, each animal is having the perfect day. Cat loves lounging in the flowers while she soaks up the sun, so she is having a perfect day. Dog likes the cool water of the wading pool, and his human friend Bert has filled it up, so Dog is having a perfect day too! Same goes for Chickadee, happily munching on birdseed from the feeder, and Squirrel, who has been given a corncob. But suddenly, Bear arrives, looking for a perfect day of his own… 

This was a funny, simple little story that had a lot going for it. First, the illustrations are gorgeous, capturing the bright and colorful elements of the sunny backyard scene with both humor and personality. The text is easy to read; repetitive and conceptually basic enough to be a great learning tool for baby bookworms, but with enough of a plot and a great comedic twist that makes it very enjoyable plot-wise. There’s a good amount of colors and animals on display, which makes it great for practicing identification of these elements. The length is perfect, and JJ loved it. This would be a great storytime staple for little readers, and it’s Baby Bookworm approved!


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