John Denver fans and anyone who can remember the warm feeling of spending the night with cousins at grandma's house will love Grandma's Feather Bed celebrating everything that is important about family memories.
"Upbeat, funny and irresistibly singable," this song was made famous by John Denver and now made "doubly memorable" by Christopher Canyon's delightful illustrations, as the award from Mom's Choice said. Especially if you listen along with Denverthe hardback edition comes with a CD-kids will say, "play it again!" and turn the pages to follow along. It's all about the cousins, the chicken pie, four hound dogs and a piggy, but "the best darn thing about Grandma's house was her great big feather bed." As Vince Gill said, "It just makes senseJohn Denver and kids!" What fun.
About the Author
John Denver's love for nature, his hope and belief in the future, and his brilliance of expression inspired so many people toward "higher ground." Although he died in 1997, we are pleased to bring his timeless lyrics to the next generation. As he wrote in one of his songs:
The laughter that sings in heart of a child,
The freedom that flies at the call of the wild,
Dawn Publications' John Denver & Kids picture book series, illustrated by award-winning illustrator Christopher Canyon, includes: Sunshine On My Shoulders, Ancient Rhymes: A Dolphin Lullaby and Take Me Home, Country Roads.
Christopher Canyon is the illustrator of several wonderful books for children. When he isn't in his studio, Christopher enjoys traveling and providing educational and entertaining programs for schools, libraries, and conferences. Christopher received his formal art education at the Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, Ohio. His work has been selected for many exhibits and publications including the Society of Illustrators, the Mazza Collection at the university of Findlay, Ohio, and the Natural History magazine.
Currently Christopher is adapting and illustrating several of John Denver's songs as children's picture books. The critically acclaimed Sunshine On My Shoulders was released by Dawn Publications in 2003, Ancient Rhymes: A Dolphin Lullaby in 2004, and Take Me Home, Country Roads in September 2005.
Christopher Canyon shares some thoughts on the project: "To have this opportunity to share John Denver's music and message with the children of today is truly a dream. John gave the world so many thoughtful songs about relationships; our global need to live together in peace and the importance of caring for our environment. These messages, as relevant today as ever, and John's music and voice continue to touch our lives and lift our spirits."
Three of Christopher's books, Sunshine On My Shoulders, The Tree in the Ancient Forest and Stickeen, have won the American Bookseller Association's Benjamin Franklin Award for best children's picture book of the year. Chistopher is also the illustrator of Wonderful Nature, Wonderful You and the beautiful Earth trilogy, Earth and You - A Closer View: Nature's Features, Earth and Us - Continuous: Nature's Past & Future, and Earth and Me - Our Family Tree: Nature's Creatures. Christopher lives with his wife and cat in central Ohio.