Book Review: Monday Is One Day by Arthur A. Levine

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Monday Is One Day by Arthur A. Levine, illustrated by Julian Hector

As families wake up to the new week, the hardest part is being away from each other.  Follow the days of the week here for a celebration of how working families can connect and spend time together throughout the week.  The days continue to move forward from Monday to Tuesday, filled cuddles and puddles.  Then come Wednesday and Thursday with raspberry kisses and dinosaur growls.  Friday’s the last day of the workweek, so help pick out a tie.  Then comes the fun of Saturday and Sunday for families to spend together. 

Levine has written such a simple book that even the youngest of children will be able to relate to it.  The rhymes are easy and feel natural when read aloud.  This book is just what working families need to celebrate their own connections and family relationships. 

The illustrations add diversity and a modern feel to the book.   It is packed full of different types of families, all enjoying connections with their children.  There are families of different colors, gay parents, and grandparents caring for grandchildren.  Happily, nothing is pointed out about the families that are different than the stereotypical norm.  Instead this book just celebrates everyone with ease and style.

The illustrations are done in bright, merry colors with plenty of white space.  They have a gentle, vintage tone to them that works well for this subject matter.  It makes it even more special to have such diverse families depicted in a timeless way.

A positive and welcoming book that will have families rejoicing.  Appropriate for ages 3-5. 

Reviewed from copy received from Scholastic Press.

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6 thoughts on “Book Review: Monday Is One Day by Arthur A. Levine

  1. I do not believe that ages 3-5 is an appropriate age to be introducing gay relationships. I would not recommend this book unless you feel you are able to explain and your child is able to understand why a little boy has two dads instead of a dad and a mom like he should.


    1. Brian,

      We completely disagree on this issue. It is not about “gay relationships” but about families of all kinds. We need books like this because in ALL communities we have families of different kinds. Whether you approve of it or not, those families exist and the children growing up in families like that deserve to see themselves represented in a positive light. Just like children of different cultures, colors, religions and more. All children need to see themselves in books as well as seeing those who are different from them.


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