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Simple Gifts: a Shaker Hymn

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Publisher Comments:

Simple Gifts is one of the very few hymns that all Americans treasure. In churches, at graduation and wedding ceremonies, on concert and ballet stages, and especially in homes and schools, it is a perennial favorite.

Now the acclaimed and ever-innovative artist Chris Raschka has transformed this treasured Shaker hymn into a lavish picture book.

In Raschka's hands an irresistible cat, the bluebird of happiness, a sweet rabbit, a calm turtle, and the flowers that bloom, bend, and bow, all "Come 'round right."

Review:

"Raschka's vision is unique, and here he translates the Shaker musical paean...into a sort of peaceable kingdom, where a cat, blue jay, rabbit, squirrel and turtle dwell together in harmony with nature." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"[A] lush, complex, nearly abstract setting of the well-known hymn...something of a homage to the work of Paul Klee." New York Times Book Review

Review:

"The colors seem rather somber, but on careful observation that becomes less important as the images are examined they reveal a menagerie of characters." Children's Literature

Review:

"The hand-lettered, black cursive text against a band of gold or tan provides a fluid, childlike accompaniment that matches the mood and palette of the images to a tee. Simply lovely." School Library Journal

Synopsis:

Based on a Shaker hymn that has inspired artists from Aaron Copeland to Martha Graham, this picture book version is an innovative interpretation of the beloved hymn. Full-color illustrations.

About the Author

Chris Raschka won a Caldecott Honor for Yo! Yes?, and is also the illustrator of The Genie in the Jar by Nikki Giovanni. He lives with his wife and son in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805068177
Subtitle:
A Shaker Hymn
Author:
Raschka, Chris
production:
Musical director and editor, Rory Young.
performance:
Performer, Elza Muller-Roemer.
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Children's 4-8 - Picturebooks
Subject:
Shakers
Subject:
Hymns
Subject:
Hymns, English
Subject:
Religion : Inspirational
Subject:
Religious - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Owlet ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
027-00
Publication Date:
20010915
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from P up to 3
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Full-color illustrations throughout
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
9.97x10.03x.14 in. .33 lbs.
Age Level:
04-08

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Product details 32 pages Henry Holt & Company - English 9780805068177 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Raschka's vision is unique, and here he translates the Shaker musical paean...into a sort of peaceable kingdom, where a cat, blue jay, rabbit, squirrel and turtle dwell together in harmony with nature." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "[A] lush, complex, nearly abstract setting of the well-known hymn...something of a homage to the work of Paul Klee."
"Review" by , "The colors seem rather somber, but on careful observation that becomes less important as the images are examined they reveal a menagerie of characters."
"Review" by , "The hand-lettered, black cursive text against a band of gold or tan provides a fluid, childlike accompaniment that matches the mood and palette of the images to a tee. Simply lovely."
"Synopsis" by , Based on a Shaker hymn that has inspired artists from Aaron Copeland to Martha Graham, this picture book version is an innovative interpretation of the beloved hymn. Full-color illustrations.
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