Most Days by Michael Leannah, illustrated by Megan Elizabeth Baratta

Published by Tilbury House Most Days (9780884487272): Leannah, Michael, Baratta, Megan  Elizabeth: Books

Summary:  “Most days are ordinary days.”  We get up, brush our teeth, eat breakfast.  But if you stop and look, you will notice changes and wonders all around you.  The plant that had six leaves now has seven.  There’s a new spiderweb, and yesterday’s puddle is gone.  Fill your senses with the sounds of trucks rumbling and a saxophone playing, and the smell of freshly-baked bread.  When you go to bed, the day’s ordinary moments “glimmer in…memory like stars in the night sky.”  32 pages; ages 4-8.

Pros:  A beautiful, lyrical meditation on the wonder of ordinary moments that encourages readers to slow down and be grateful each day.  The appealing illustrations reminded me a bit of Raina Telgemeier’s work.

Cons:  Doesn’t acknowledge the more painful parts that are often also part of an ordinary day.

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