Take my hand when day is done…

Posted 10/2/09

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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Take my hand when day is done…

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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 cultural fabric.

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 sign copies.

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 “Rock Island.”

Information about the Tattered Cover appearance is online or at 303-470-7050.

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