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Either as a bedtime lullaby or a sing along/read along for P-K or elementary children, this volume is a delightful, soothing way to teach reading and music together. The hardback edition comes with a CD of John singing Sunshine On My Shoulders and The Music Is You....

Title : Sunshine on My Shoulders
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ISBN : 9781584690481
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Sunshine on My Shoulders Reviews

  • Brittany Williams
    2018-09-02 13:59

    No AwardsAppropriate grade levels: PreK-K This story is about a young girl's love for sunshine! She describes how it makes her feel. The book also stresses the importance of sunshine for a person! I thought this book was very sweet. It was just a happy book. The pictures are beautiful and really go along with the theme. You could use this book as a transition because it isn't very long. You could also use this book when it becomes Spring to talk about the different aspects of spring (sun, birds, etc.)

  • Jackie316
    2018-09-08 16:06

    This book is awesome! I don't know why this wasn't done while John was alive. The artwork is awesome, too! The only negative thing is that I wish that the kid & dad would have looked exactly like John & his son Zack because the artist drew the two main characters looking very much like them, but not exactly, which was really just confusing.

  • Rani
    2018-09-19 10:49

    #Classic #Song illustrated for kids. #Tender #Inspirational #YoungReaders #PictureBook #BookReview #ChildrensBooks #amreading

  • Julie
    2018-09-01 16:03

    I love John Denver, and I love this song, and didn't know that the book was about either until I picked it up. The illustrations are just beautiful. Warm, lovely, simple and human, which is a perfect match for the song. The book gets a bit repetitive, of course, because it's the entire song word for word accompanying the pictures--so as a read aloud it has that draw back. Paired with the Music CD I'm sure it's much better. The copy I had didn't include a CD, so the beautiful song that I know and love couldn't be part of the experience.

  • Sarah
    2018-09-03 15:48

    The only reason this book got any star rating from me was because the illustrations were beautiful. The song lyrics/text to the book was absurd and pointless, however. The book does not explain what sunshine is or what it does for our Earth. The text talks about how sunshine makes you feel. Well, that's great that sunshine makes you happy, but students still wouldn't know what sunshine actually does for the Earth around them. There is no connection to how sunshine warms the earth, how it helps plants grow, provides us with light to do our work, or helps keep the ecosystem in balance. Students will not learn the purpose of the sun if all they hear is it "makes me happy" or "sunshine almost always makes me high." I understand the book better when the song is played, but the song is slow and did not keep even my attention, how could a child be expected to pay attention? If you just read the book to your class, the text becomes pointless as students' do not actually learn anything, if their attention can even stay focused enough to finish the book.The line that I quoted above "sunshine almost always makes me high" is what I consider inappropriate. I understand that the illustrator made a positive connotation with "high" but the song attached to the book automatically gives me images of someone blazing up on a hot day. Most children would not understand what "high" means unless they have had experience with the drug (through adult actions). But, if they have had the experience and they understand the term, why would we as teachers promote it? The slow-paced nature of the song also contributes to this idea that the character/song writer is high and is noticing all the feelings that he has in relation to the sunshine when he's high. Another issue I have with the book is it doesn't end! I read it initially and got to the end where the last line was "Sunshine almost always..." It almost always what? Were you too high to remember the end of the song that you just put an ellipsis at the end? Maybe the lyrics/text was intended to lull children to sleep, but if that was so, why are the images in the book so bright? The other disconnection between a male singer and a female illustrated character also bugged me. How can students relate the song to the character's experience in the book when the voices and images don't even match?I look for content to increase student learning in the read-aloud books I will use with students and this book certainly had none.

  • Steve Holden
    2018-09-04 16:07

    This is another Christopher Canyon book based on a John Denver song. The recipe is no different from the others I own and have reviewed. However, this one is a special picture book for children. The mood and feeling the artwork conveys to the reader is perfect for the song, and makes this one stand apart for me. This can be used for more than just a fun picture book or movement exercise - the connection and feeling you receive from the lyrics and pictures are fantastic. Check Mr. Canyon's work out!

  • Gabriellaconceicao
    2018-09-16 16:01

    Awards: NoneAppropriate grade level: 2-4 years oldSummary: This is a book about the importance of sunshine and how happy it makes the author. It is said that if he could give anyone a day or a song it would be as perfect and feel as good as sunshine. This is a book about positivity and appreciating the good weather.Review: The illustrations for this book were incredible and really brought out the idea of sunshine. It is important to try to make children appreciate a beautiful day from a young age and not to take advantage of it. As a child, there is nothing more important than a beautiful day to go play outside and be creative.Uses in class: 1)weather lesson 2)for fun

  • Brooke Teichert
    2018-09-09 07:46

    This book is just plain happy. The art work is unique and intrinsic and so different so that made me more than happy. But it is about sunshine and really what is happier than sunshine and the color yellow? Yellow was plashed all over the book and really the song it nice to listen to. I know people get a little uncomfortable when he says that the sun makes him "high" but really I just take that as it brings him "higher" it lifts his spirits, so I don't think it would be inappropriate for children.

  • Pamela
    2018-09-19 11:01

    I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! I am a long-time dedicated fan of John Denver and play his music all the time. I am a total John Denver geek and now that I have kids, this is a wonderful way to share my love of him and his music with them. Using the lyrics to "Sunshine On My Shoulders," this book is beautifully illustrated and cheerful. Complementing the earth-savvy Denver, the illustrations are filled with wild flowers, birds, bugs, kitties and a little girl with a sweet smile. LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT!!!!!

  • Elizabeth Walker
    2018-08-29 10:47

    Sunshine On My Shoulders is a book based off of a song by John Denver. Therefore this book could be poetry since it is in song form. A theme is how sunshine can just make everyone happy and brighten their day. I rated this book a three because there really is not much content to it, but the pictures are very fun and bright. I would recommend a music teacher to use this book for her class of young elementary children because they could all learn the song and sing it together.

  • Hafidha
    2018-09-24 08:41

    This is just a beautiful book ... the drawings are fabulous. A brown girl with afro-halo hair enjoys the birds, and trees, flowers, and lake, and sunshine outdoors with her dad (uncle? big brother?). Comes with a CD. I love this song!

  • Erin
    2018-09-09 14:45

    I really like this song, so I was delighted to find this book. The artwork is so bright and happy. It was very fitting for the lyrics of the song and I loved it.

  • Relyn
    2018-09-10 13:42

    I really like this song, but the book is kind of weird. Why illustrate it?

  • Mallory
    2018-09-24 15:05

    The artwork is very soft and pretty....I am not a huge fan of the words (or lyrics) themselves. Don't hate it, but don't really like it, either.

  • Sofia
    2018-08-26 07:54

    Received this as a Christmas present years ago because my mom thought the cover girl reminded her of me. Sweet story, and who doesn't love John Denver?

  • Stacey
    2018-09-09 13:46

    Hannah loved it and already memorized more words than me!

  • ReadingWench
    2018-09-14 08:53

    The book has fantastic illustrations to go alnog with John Denver's Sunshine On My Shoulders.

  • Ariane Frost
    2018-09-19 07:47

    This book is darling! The art is precious and the song and story that go with it are so fitting of the song. Simple, Fun and a good read

  • Brenda
    2018-09-24 15:46

    My copy came with a CD of the song. Wonderful pictures!

  • Dee
    2018-09-10 15:38

    Very nice with a cd included. Beautifully illustrated. I had to listen to a little John Denver after this one.

  • Lyndsay
    2018-09-09 13:05

    I love John Denver, so of course I like the book. The illustrations, however, are absolutely beautiful.

  • Lauren
    2018-09-03 15:47

    This is a really cute book and it comes with a CD that has the "Sunshine on my Shoulders" song by John Denver

  • Paula
    2018-08-30 12:42

    Cute soothing song with bright yellow illustrations.

  • Elizabeth
    2018-09-24 15:52

    One of their favorites.

  • Kristie
    2018-09-18 11:05

    Makes me cry everytime!

  • Corinna
    2018-09-09 12:04

    Wonderful artwork! What a fun way to bring a classic song to life.

  • Kim
    2018-09-21 11:59

    great song, fun illustrations, and a cd of the song

  • Contemplative
    2018-09-23 12:02

    Loved it. We all enjoyed the story, illustrations and song. Music cd was included.

  • Glenda
    2018-09-20 15:04

    Beautiful illustrations. Love the yellow and the way it pops off the page. Cheesy lyrics, just as they were when JD first recorded them.

  • Carole
    2018-09-06 12:47

    The author is using John Denver songs to create picture books. His illustrations help make the book.