One Today
One Today
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Annotation: A lyrical, patriotic commemoration of America from dawn to dusk and from coast to coast written in honor of President Barack Obama's second presidential inauguration.
Genre: Poetry
Catalog Number: #108081
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Copyright Date: 2015
Edition Date: 2015
Illustrator: Pilkey, Dav,
Pages: 48
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-316-37144-0
ISBN 13: 978-0-316-37144-5
Dewey: 811
LCCN: 2014040294
Dimensions: 22 x 27 cm.
Language: English
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* In this picture book, we follow two children and their cat through their day. It is a simple day that includes stopping at a fruit stand, going to school, playing in the park, meeting people, and eventually heading home hand in hand, "always under one sky, our sky." In this charged but quietly lyrical poem, written and read for President Obama's second inauguration, Blanco pays tribute to the nation by following the sun as it glides across the country, pouring light on everything that is extraordinary about humanity: our stories, our "silent gestures moving behind windows," our dreams, languages, sorrows, labor, and talents. It celebrates, without fanfare, the opportunity, diversity, and unity that is America. Pilkey, author-illustrator of the Caldecott Honor Book The Paperboy (1996), supplies illustrations that bring this many-layered poem to life for young readers through his recognizably playful style and brilliant colors. Striped bands of sunshine follow the children, always steady and protective. Blobby, rounded trees wave in the breeze, while wobbly-looking buildings and bridges provide context and movement. It seems as though the children have walked across the country and through all four seasons between sunrise and sunset. There are themes, motifs, and details that will make this a book to be read and reread, or simply looked at r the images tell many stories, too.
Word Count: 644
Reading Level: 5.4
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.4 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 181794 / grade: Lower Grades
Guided Reading Level: S
Fountas & Pinnell: S

One Today is a poem celebrating America.

President Barack Obama invited Richard Blanco to write a poem to share at his second presidential inauguration.

That poem is One Today, a lush and lyrical, patriotic commemoration of America from dawn to dusk and from coast to coast.

Brought to life here by beloved, award-winning artist Dav Pilkey, One Today is a tribute to a nation where the extraordinary happens every single day.

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