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The Way to Start a Day

Illustrated by Peter Parnall

    About The Book

    Beautiful paintings highlight the ways various peoples from around the world welcome the sun and the start of a new day in this Caldecott Honor–winning picture book.

    Some people say there is a new sun every day, and that it begins its life at dawn and lives for one day only. They say you have to welcome it.

    From cavemen, to the Aztecs, to the ancient Egyptians, Baylor Bird describes the ways that people throughout history and the world celebrated the dawn. By the end you may be inspired to create your own song for the sunrise.

    About The Author

    Byrd Baylor lives and writes in Arizona, presenting images of the Southwest and an intense connection between the land and the people. Her prose illustrates vividly the value of simplicity, the natural world, and the balance of life within it.

    About The Illustrator

    Product Details

    • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (July 1, 1978)
    • Length: 32 pages
    • ISBN13: 9780684156514
    • Grades: P - 3
    • Ages: 4 - 8
    • Lexile ® AD600L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®

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    Awards and Honors

    • Caldecott Honor Book
    • ALA Notable Children's Books
    • Horn Book Fanfare
    • Agatha Award Finalist
    • ALA Mildred L. Batchelder Award
    • Aesop Award

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