Thursday, April 23, 2009

This Is the Day! - Review and Book Giveaway

"Let all creation lift its voice. This is the day the Lord has made. Rejoice! Rejoice!" - This Is the Day by Nancy White Carlstrom, illustrated by Richard Cowdrey

How often do you step outside and wonder at the beauty of nature surrounding you? Some days when I am busy or struggling with life, I hardly take notice of God's creation - the wildlife, the plants and trees, the sky, the lakes, the seas. Earth Day helps remind us to take a look at the natural world and take steps to protect it. Nancy White Carlstrom's newest children's book titled This Is the Day! also serves as a reminder and calls readers to rejoice, give thanks, and celebrate the beauty of God's creation every day of the week.

Inspired by the beautiful San Juan Islands and the Bible verse Psalm 118:24, Carlstrom, using poetic text, rejoices in the many beautiful animals and places found in the great outdoors. Each page features a different day of the week from Monday to Sunday and asks readers to rejoice and sing along with all God's creatures. The marvelous page-spread nature illustrations by Richard Cowdrey, full of color and life, make you feel as if you are standing outside viewing the sights instead of just reading a book. See one of my favorites, a deer reaching for an apple pictured below.

My daughter enjoys trying to identify all the animals including eagles, a red fox, birds, and orca whales and she especially likes the page with animal cloud shapes in the sky. Some reviewers argue the book may take Psalm 118:24 out of context, but I doubt the book was written to explain the Psalm. The book emphasizes creation care by introducing children to the beauty of God's creation and encouraging them to appreciate nature. The only part of the book that disappointed me was the meager text about a lighthouse that accompanied the "Sunday" page spread. After reading This Is the Day!, you can't help but notice all of God's splendid creations and offer a thanks to Him for such blessings.

This Is the Day! by Nancy White Carlstrom, illustrated by Richard Cowdrey. Zonderkidz (February 2009); 32 pages; ISBN 9780310714286

Related Links:
Nancy White Carlstrom - Author Website
San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau
BibleGateway - Psalm 118

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Danielle a.k.a Yellie said...

My 3 year old son is really into lift a flap books right now, so I know he would love the Come and See Baby Jesus: 50 Fun Lift-the Flaps book!

Kristi_runwatch said...

At Easter I found an adorable Scholastic book based on Psalm 23 called "The Lord is my Shepherd." The illustrations are so sweet and the text is straight from Scripture.

Danielle a.k.a Yellie said...

I love Psalm 5:11 But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy.
Spread your protection over them,
that those who love your name may rejoice in you.

The Lord is so good!

Kristi_runwatch said...

I am following you on twitter (Kristi_runwatch) and tweeted about your giveaway.

barefootinhighheels said...

I would like the Tiny Bears Bible, as the children's bible is still a little advanced for my preschooler. This book looks like a great giveaway -- thank you!!


Alice H said...

The Baby Keepsake Bible looks beautiful (by Tracy Harrast) - thanks for the chance! alicedemske at

Anonymous said...

I love the Bernstein Bears books.

Tj and Amy said...

I follow on twitter and tweeted. 1amypugmire.

Sue W. said...

Lucy Finds Her Way would really appeal to my great granddaughter. Of course I would have to read it first as I enjoy young peoples books as well.


Sue W. said...

I blogged this giveaway at:


Anonymous said...

My daughter would love "My Sing-Along Bible"
yeloechikee at hotmail dot com

Kim said...

ok, it's not a psalm, but I do love Jesus Loves the Little Children - as a kids' song...

Amy B. said...

I like the sing-a-long Bible!
Thanks for the giveaway!
Amy B.

Amy B. said...

I'm a follower.
Thanks for the giveaway!
Amy B.

Renee G said...

My oldest boy would enjoy reading On the Run.


shelburns said...

What great faith based books!

Another title that I would like is: Dear Nancy
Answers to Letters from Girls Like You

shelcows AT gmail DOT com

shelburns said...

Just tweeted this!

shelburns said...

My favorite Psalm is Psalm 37:4 -
"Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart."

quelleheure4 said...

The seek and find bible story books look like great fun.

quelleheure4 said...

Psalm 23 is my favorite because I know it so well and because it's a constant reminder and source of comfort.

Anonymous said...

Mrs. Rosey Posey and the Baby Bird looks like a good book.
-Terra H.

Anonymous said...

I'm an e-mail subscriber.
-Terra H.

Julie said...

I follow your blog. I love all the books that you post about.

Julie said...

"Natalie and the Downside-Up Birthday" looks really cute. My girls would love it!

Anonymous said...

I have a niece named Natalie, so I think it would be fun to give her for her bday "Natalie Really Very Much Wants to be a Star".


Lisa said...

I like the Seek and Find Bible Stories.

kathy pease said...

id like the The Understanding the Bible Library 6.0 for Windows

auntrene said...

My niece would love Lucy Out of Bounds
By Nancy Rue
Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.

kerri69 said...

I love the book titled Baby Jesus is born this is a great way to introduce the bible