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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.)
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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