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All in a Dayby Cynthia Rylant and Nikki McClure
Synopses & Reviews
This lovely book illuminates all the possibilities a day offers — the opportunities and chances that won't ever come again — and also delivers a gentle message of good stewardship of our planet. Newbery Medal winner Cynthia Rylant's poetic text, alongside Nikki McClure's stunning, meticulously crafted cut-paper art, makes this picture book not only timeless but appealing to all ages, from one to one hundred.
"McClure's (Collect Raindrops) illustrations draw most of the attention here. Using an X-Acto knife and black paper, McClure suggests textures as varied as pea-plant tendrils, falling rain and the softness of a mother's body. 'A day is a perfect piece of time/ to live a life,/ to plant a seed,' Newbery Medalist Rylant (When I Was Young in the Mountains) begins, as a young farm boy ties one shoelace and a hen pecks at the other. In spreads on alternating blue and yellow backgrounds, the boy waters his garden and gathers eggs, but also picnics, naps and, along with his mother and the hen, stretches out on his back to gaze up at the sky. End-on perspective makes their feet, noses and the hen's body the only topographical features protruding from the curve of the horizon. 'Underneath that great big sky/ the earth is all a-spin./ This day will soon be over/ and it won't come back again,' Rylant writes. While children aren't usually moved by messages about fleeting time — that's a sentiment adults are likelier to have — they'll enjoy Rylant's rhythms and the tenderness of McClure's images. Ages 4 — up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
May the stars drip down light on you,
And you close your eyes to see the moon,
And sleep will pull you through.
May the starlight find you.
Thus begins the gorgeous lullaby andldquo;May the Stars Drip Downandrdquo; by indie rock band Cub Country, now adapted into a beautiful bedtime book with illustrations by the acclaimed cut-paper artist Nikki McClure. McClureandrsquo;s tender and intricate images, inspired by nature and the intense bond between parent and child, perfectly complement musician Jeremy Chatelainandrsquo;s soothing lyrics. An audio download of the song is also included.
Praise for May the Stars Drip Down
andquot;A richly imagined dreamscape in a feat of paper artistry.andquot;
--Kirkus Review, starred review
andquot;Soft, lovely, and just right for a dreamy bedtime read-aloud.andquot;
NAPPA Silver Award Winner
I only want to stay in.
In my pajamas.
In. In. In.
For a boy and his toy giraffe, today is the perfect day to stay in. Snug in his pajamas, he reads books, bakes popovers, and plays with a big wicker basketandmdash;that he transforms into a rocket ship to fly in andldquo;innerspace.andrdquo; But soon, the outdoors is too tempting to resist, and he takes his wild imagination into
nature. That is, until itandrsquo;s time to come inside again.
Illustrated with the gorgeous paper cuts for which Nikki McClure is known, In reminds us of the essential childhood pleasures found in an engaged day of imaginative play and exploration, without electronics, scheduled activities, or adults.
About the Author
Cynthia Rylant is the author of more than a hundred books for children. She won the Newbery Medal for Missing May and the Newbery Honor for A Fine White Dust. She lives in Oregon.
Nikki McClure is a self-taught artist who has been making paper-cuts since 1996. She is the author and illustrator of Abrams' Collect Raindrops. All in a Day is her first Abrams' children's book. She lives with her family in Olympia, Washington.
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