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|Author: John Denver
Illustrator: Christopher Canyon
Retail Price:Paperback • $8.95 | Hardback • $19.95 | Board • $7.95
This exuberant adaptation of John Denver’s famous song is “sure to make you smile,” even on a dark and cuddly evening with your child. It helps if you can sing—the musical score is included—or just pop in the CD that comes with the hardback edition of the book. Sunshine On My Shoulders celebrates friendship, sunshine and the simple joy of being together. A charming little girl and her father (who kind of looks like John Denver) enjoy a day together in the sun with a guitar, butterflies, a cat, a mouse, and lots of other critters. Canyon’s illustrations abound with light, color and lots of humorous detail. This is the first of the “John Denver & Kids” series.
- National Parenting Publication Honors Award
- Benjamin Franklin Gold Award
- ABA Book Sense Selection
— Vince Gill
Celebrate a beautiful summer day by singing this much loved John Denver song to your child while looking at the luminous pictures. The brilliant artwork will have you reaching for your sunglasses as you follow the little girl swinging, singing, and canoeing through the sunshine and flowers. Pay attention to the sweet cat who goes everywhere with her.
The gentle, loving words, written in gold-glit, seem to dance across the pages of this award-winning book. For the musically inclined, the score is printed inside the covers of the paperback edition. For the rest of us, the hardback edition features John Denver’s song on an enclosed CD. At the back of the book is a tribute to the musician. The Nevada City publisher plans a series of picture book adaptations o John Denver’s songs. Based on this first one, no one could do it better.
— California Kids! – Connie Goldsmith (July 2004)
Christopher Canyon exuberantly illustrates the late singer-songwriter’s classic 1974 hit. Denver’s lyrics bounce around a fuzzy-brown-haired girl frolicking in a palette of golden yellows. Canyon’s paintings beam with the warmth of the sun.
— Mothering Magazine (April 2004)