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THE BEST TIME OF DAY by Eileen Spinelli


by Eileen Spinelli & illustrated by Bryan Langdo

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-15-205051-5
Publisher: Gulliver/Harcourt

Each segment of the day is special to someone in this rural outing from Spinelli. Starting with the rooster, who loves sunrise, and progressing through the day, rhyming couplets describe what each member of the farm community thinks of as the “best time of day.” Simple routines are celebrated throughout: Lunch in the shade, recess, the arrival of the mail truck, a walk, guitar practice. “The best time of day for Granny McCall / is five p.m. Why? That’s when Gus comes to call.” While many of the couplets’ lines are split in the middle of sentences, it somehow does not detract from the rhythm. Langdo’s earth-toned watercolors are just right for the country and farm setting. Subdued details and large subjects make this perfect for the younger set. Teachers will wish for a greater number of specific time references, but this still has potential for classroom use. Great as a springboard for group sharing. (Picture book. 3-8)