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Angels Watching Over Meby Julia Durango
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andlt;iandgt; Every hour...andlt;BRandgt; every minute...andlt;BRandgt; every second...andlt;BRandgt; angels...andlt;BRandgt; watching...andlt;BRandgt; over...andlt;BRandgt; me. andlt;/iandgt; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; What better way to reassure a young child than with the words of a soft, soothing spiritual exuberantly expanded by author Julia Durango and intricately illuminated by award-winning artist Elisa Kleven.
"'Durango (Dream Hop) found inspiration in the African-American spiritual 'All Night, All Day' to craft this picture book adaptation that emphasizes the comforting thought of heavenly angels watching over those of us on Earth. Rhyming couplets take a child from sunrise to sunset, imagining all the ways 'All day, all night' that the angels send their vigilant protection ('Day begins, dawn breaks anew/ Sun wakes up, I wake up too'/... 'Bird says sing, I hum a tune./ Cloud floats by, a lace balloon'). Some of the poetic imagery will likely challenge picture book readers who are used to a linear plot, but the melody of the language and its reverence for the natural world are sure to spark interest. Kleven's mixed-media compositions — watercolor, ink, collage and colored pencil — convey an appropriately dream-in-flight feeling, often utilizing an aerial perspective. Many young ones will find both wonder and reassurance in her depiction of angels — animals and children from around the globe hovering above the treetops sporting a variety of wings — and bucolic landscapes. Ages 2-5.' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
What better way to reassure a young child than with the words of a soft, soothing spiritual exuberantly expanded by author Julia Durango and intricately illuminated by award-winning artist Elisa Kleven.
Based on a beloved spiritual, this book features Durango's expanded text, bursting with childlike exuberance, coupled with a cheerful mix of media images by acclaimed "New York Times" Best Illustrator Kleven, to create an ideal lullaby. Full color.
About the Author
andlt;bandgt;Julia Durangoandlt;/bandgt; resides in Ottawa, Illinois, where she wrote a weekly book review column for children. She is the mother of two sons and is the author of andlt;iandgt;Dream Hopandlt;/iandgt;, illustrated by Jared Lee, andnbsp;as well as andlt;iandgt;Pest Festandlt;/iandgt;, illustrated by Kurt Cyrus. Her work also includes andlt;iandgt;Go-Go Gorillasandlt;/iandgt;, a sequel to andlt;iandgt;Cha-Cha Chimpsandlt;/iandgt;, both illustrated by Eleanorandnbsp;Taylor and Dream Away, illustrated by Robert Goldstrom.andnbsp;Her first novel andlt;iandgt;The Walls of Cartagenaandlt;/iandgt; was a Junior Library Guild Selection.andnbsp;Her most recent novel is entitledandnbsp;andlt;Iandgt;Sea of the Deadandlt;/Iandgt;. She is a contributor the Three Silly Chicks blog and lives in Ottawa, Illinois.
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