Peter Yarrow has spent five decades — solo and with the Peter, Paul and Mary trio — singing and raising social consciousness across America and …
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Peter Yarrow has spent five decades — solo and with the Peter,
Paul and Mary trio — singing and raising social consciousness
across America and around the world. Peter Yarrow, Mary Travers and
Noel Paul Stookey, the legendary three, recently left with an
unfillable hole by the death of Mary Travers, are part of America’s
More recently, Yarrow has been honored for his dedicated focus
on children and on education.
So, when he publishes a new children’s book, it merits our
attention. “Day is Done” is an enormously reassuring, sweet folk
song Yarrow wrote for his brother. Beautifully and whimsically
illustrated by Caldecott winner Melissa Sweet, it is in stores this
month. Yarrow will appear at Highlands Ranch Tattered Cover,
Highlands Ranch Town Center, at 7 p.m. Oct. 12 to meet readers and
Free tickets will be distributed for a place in line starting at
6 p.m. — the “A-list” treatment— one per family.
A CD is bound with the book including “Day is Done” and two
other songs recorded by Yarrow and daughter Bethany. Illustrations
show tender parent and baby animals and birds, close together as
night comes on. “I’m there,“ it says. The song addresses things
that might be frightening, such as thunder, as well as world
sorrows that concern a parent. It questions the smile on a child’s
face— “do you know more than those who are wise?” And it ends:
“And if you take my hand, my son,
“All will be well when day is done…”
Perfect for that bedtime routine, it needs to join “Goodnight
Moon” on the family bookshelf. Perhaps Yarrow’s “Puff the Magic
Dragon” is already there, and his collection of three song books,
recorded with his daughter Bethany, also belong.
He writes of his lifelong involvement with folk songs, which
have shown him the way.
Since 1999, Yarrow has been heavily committed to Operation
Respect, a foundation dedicated to creating respectful, bully-free
environments for all children. He has appeared worldwide, talking
and singing for children and adults and it’s estimated that
one-third of American schools use his programs in some form.
He has appeared on 61 albums, including his daughter’s 2003
Information about the Tattered Cover appearance is online or at
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