This week we’re giving away a copy of For Baby (For Bobbie) to one lucky eNewsletter subscriber. Everyone loves babies, and John Denver’s love song: “For Baby (For Bobbie)”, interpreted as a picture book by award winning illustrator Janeen Mason, reminds us how universal these feelings are. With swirling colors that lead us around the globe, from Sri Lanka to the Arctic, your child will be captivated by the babies and the wildlife. The music and art together inspire a special heart space to share with a child you love. Janeen is a well-known Florida artist who says, “adapting and illustrating this song by John Denver is a dream come true!” She is a member of the prestigious Florida Arts Council and illustrator of numerous children’s books.
So often on our site we speak of the importance of real experiences in nature, especially for young children. When we released “Sunshine On My Shoulders” by John Denver, we took joy in noting the impact that an early childhood nature experience had on him, and by extension, for so many others. This summer, we reflect again on “Sunshine”.
Three huge eucalyptus trees stood just down the street from John Denver’s boyhood home in Tucson, Arizona. John often climbed those trees. In the embrace of their towering branches he wove dreams of his future. “I loved to sit in them, so removed from the world below, thinking about the things I wanted to do someday, the kind of person I wanted to be,” he wrote later.
John Denver, of course, went on to become one of the most popular singers and songwriters in American history. But he was so much more than an entertainer. True to his friends, the trees, his songs rang with rapture for nature.
To kick off our eNewsletter campaign we’re giving away a different free book every week to a lucky winner. This week’s featured book is Sunshine on my Shoulders. What better way to celebrate the arrival of summer than with this adaptation of the John Denver classic. Children and adults alike will love Christopher Canyon’s whimsical and humorous illustrations, that capture the innocence of childhood.