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A Perfect Day: 10/21/17
A Perfect Day by Lane Smith is a quiet picture book about how a day unfolds in Bert's backyard. At first it seems perfect for everyone. There's seed for the birds. A kiddie pool for the dog. A cob of corn for the squirrel. Until it no longer is perfect.
Except for the bear. In lumbers a brown bear who takes over the yard. While things are no longer perfect for Bart, the dog, the bird, or the squirrel, it is now perfect for the bear.
The illustrations with their muted colors and strident texture, bring to mind a mixture of Eric Carle's painted paper technique, and Raúl Colón's work.
The book jacket includes a photograph of the bear who inspired the story. For Californians in the San Gabriel Valley, A Perfect Day is a familiar tale.