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Holding on to Sunday Cover art by Michael Hays ©2010

With expressive black-and-white pictures by Michael Hays, Kathryn O. Galbraith's warm and loving story of the special bond between father and daughter will captivate children and adults alike.

Kathryn O. Galbraith is known for such engaging chapter books as Roommates, Roommates and Rachel, and Roommates Again. Of her most recent picture book on the McElderry list, Booklist writes, "Like the Keats' classic Snowy Day, Look! Snow! captures the excitement and joy a fresh snowfall holds for children of all ages."

Raised in Plymouth, Michigan, Ms. Galbraith now lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband, Steve. The author of eleven children's books, she is a frequent speaker at schools and conferences.

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Holding on to Sunday

by Kathryn O. Galbraith
illustrated by Michael Hays

McElderry Books 1995

On Sunday Jemma wakes up early.

"Who's that?" Grandma calls. "My little too-early bird?"

All week long and sometimes even on Saturday, Jemma's dad has to go to work. But Sunday is Daddy and Jemma's day. Their own special day. And Jemma doesn't want to miss a minutes of it. Sometimes on Sunday Jemma and Daddy go to the park. Sometimes they go to the zoo. What they are going to do today, Jemma wonders.

"Grab your coat and grab your hat," Daddy sings. "We're going to paint the town–"

"Purple!" Jemma yells.

But when big fat raindrops fall against the window, Daddy and Jemma make new plans. Plans that include a dinosaur hunt and an after-dinner surprise for Daddy. From Sunday breakfast to Sunday bedtime, Daddy and Jemma's day is full of raindrops and rainbows, surprises and hugs.

Holding on to Sunday art by Michael Hays ©2010