Written and Illustrated by Jennifer J. Merz
Hardcover ISBN # 0-618-81696-8
An Imprint of Houghton Mifflin Company
Playground Day! was inspired by all the happy times on the playground with my daughters when they were little. With this book, I aim to capture the joyful, boundless energy of childhood. I’m proud that Playground Day! made it through the slush to achieve publication at Clarion Books.
Intricate and charming collage illustrations crafted from torn and cut paper shine in this exuberant celebration of imagination and creative play. Each page offers clues to a friendly preschool guessing game and captures the unique pleasures of a day spent at the playground.
Merz offers a celebratory ode to the splendor of playgrounds, her verses taking readers on an exploration of a child’s imagination. Sprightly rhymes draw a tidy parallel between how the child’s play mirrors familiar activities of various animals... Using a collage of cut and torn papers, Merz artfully creates full-color illustrations that offer readers intriguing panoramas filled with depth and texture. Appealing illustrations and lively verse make this tale particularly suited for rousing read-aloud sessions. In an era of elaborate schedules for the youngest of children, Merz’s simply executed tale is a reminder to return to the basics, encouraging readers to unfetter their imaginations and embrace the creative opportunities unstructured outdoor play affords. (Kirkus Reviews)