Cover image for A glorious day
A glorious day
Schwartz, Amy.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2004]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 32 cm
Describes a day in the life of the children, animals, parents, and babysitters in a small red brick apartment building.
General Note:
"A Richard Jackson Book."
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.1 0.5 78049.
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Oversize
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Henry's day is full.From breakfast to bedtime there is fun with his friends in their small red brick building.There are steps out front to count climbing up and to count coming down.On the street there's the garbage man and a tow truck to watch.And just around the corner there's a playground and even more friends.Fullness makes Henry's day (and every day for Henry) simply GLORIOUS.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS. A squat, red-brick apartment building is home to two little girls, three big boys, and four little boys--from different families. This fact may not be clear to the intended audience, though, at least not at first, as the children scramble about on oversize snowy-white pages, getting up, eating breakfast, and beginning their day. As morning blends into afternoon, it becomes clearer that toddler Henry is at the grocery store with his mommy, and African American twins Peter and Thomas are shopping with their mom. Then, back at home, the triplets join in the hunt after Henry's bird flies into the hallway. By dinnertime, the groups have sorted out nicely--one family eats hamburgers, another chicken, a third pizza, and Henry's parents watch as he picks at his food. Schwartz is always able to get to the heart of childhood doings and feelings in her stories and chipper pen-and-watercolor art. Here, her success is somewhat diluted by the multiplicity of characters and events. Still, little ones will enjoy recognizing slices of their own lives. --Ilene Cooper Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Much in the vein of Schwartz's What James Likes Best, this fetching picture book chronicles urban youngsters' everyday activities. On the opening page, the sun rises over a small, redbrick apartment building, looking warm and homey wedged in between two pale, taller ones; it is home to "one baby, two little girls, three big boys, four little boys, two cats, and a bird." As the following pages reveal all of these residents awakening within, readers will enjoy sorting out who's who-and who is related to whom-as well as spotting the pets. After a variety of breakfast scenarios, school-age kids depart and the preschoolers play indoors, have lunch, nap and then, along with mothers and sitters, parade to the playground. Later, when working parents and students return home, the stoop and sidewalk buzz with activity. Schwartz balances the idyllic scenes with engagingly eccentric-yet decidedly true-moments that will tickle adults as well as kids: "one bite of hot dog" and potato chips are on the breakfast menu for some; when one toddler "decides to get dressed outside," his patient mother helps him put on his diaper and clothes on the front steps; and, at dinner, this same child "lines up all his green beans like a train. Then he puts them in his orange juice." Giving visual dimension to these sweet and spicy slices of life are Schwartz's gouache and pen-and-ink vignettes, which dish up the zesty details. Ages 2-5. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-This slice-of-life vignette takes readers through a day in an urban apartment building. The book is divided into three sections-morning, day, and night-and time flows smoothly for the young residents ("one baby, two little girls, three big boys, four little boys, two cats, and a bird") from the time they wake until they are tucked into bed. Spot illustrations allow children to glimpse details of the activities going on simultaneously on various floors. The minimalist pen-and-ink cartoons, with their loose and simple lines, are accented with soft analogous colors in gouache. White backgrounds provide a restful contrast to all this busyness and isolate the text so it is easy to read. The pictures and text include individuals of many different backgrounds. Youngsters will enjoy this peek into other children's daily routines and meals (especially potato chips and hot dogs for breakfast) as well as the constant action provided by the characters, including a set of triplets.-Laurie Edwards, West Shore School District, Camp Hill, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.