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Play Day School Day

Written & illustrated by Toni Yuly
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“The perfect book to get younger children excited for school.”

Mona is excited for another school year to start the following day, and her younger brother Milo’s curiosity is piqued. His asking “What do you do at school?” sparks an afternoon of playing together as Mona describes for him some of the aspects of school—riding a bus, reading and writing, science, math, art, music, listening and running around—and they enjoy together a little flavor of each activity in their own backyard. The loving relationship between the two siblings shines in this simple story, as Mona shares her love of school in a way that creates positive anticipation for Milo while also giving him a sense of what his soon absent sister will be doing each day. The bold illustrations on plain white backgrounds are simple yet effective, focusing the reader’s attention on each activity and how learning can be accomplished in the natural world. A nice celebration of school and of siblings, this sweet book is perhaps best enjoyed by children about Milo’s own age who won’t mind the simplicity of the tale and will revel in their own excitement for school to begin.

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A younger sibling’s curiosity about school opens up a world of possibilities in this ode to the great outdoors.

Tomorrow is the first day of the new school year, and big sister Mona can’t wait to go back. “What do you do at school?” asks little brother Milo. As he listens to Mona recount the many things she does during the school week — riding the bus, practicing spelling and reading, learning about science, playing with friends — Milo’s activities illustrate that with a little imagination, nature itself can be a classroom. With delightfully naive artwork and a spare text, Toni Yuly shows that learning is play and vice versa, offering a gentle introduction to school for children who are just starting and a warm celebration for those who are going back.

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  • “‘School sounds fun!’ says Milo. ‘It is,’ says Mona. ‘And so is playing with you.’”

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Who Wrote Play Day School Day

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Toni Yuly

Toni Yuly has been an early bird her whole life and loves to start the day in her studio listening to other early birds sing outside her window. She lives in a small house by the water in Bremerton, Washington, near Seattle where she was born.

Toni fell in love with Eastern sensibilities during a year spent in Sendai, Japan. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BFA in painting where she studied with the great American painter Jacob Lawrence. Now, after many years as a librarian in the King County Library System (she took a ferry to work!) Toni dedicates herself to designing, painting and writing full time. EARLY BIRD, published by the fantastic people at Feiwel & Friends, was her first picture book.

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Toni Yuly's Book Dedication

For kids who love to play and learn. And for kids who love to learn and play. Every day.

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Book Details

Publication Date:
June 9, 2020
Text Details:
This book was typeset in Avenir
Illustration Details:
The illustrations were created with ink, pencil, pastel, cut paper, torn tissue paper, and digital collage.

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