Elizabeth Hammill, Collector
Illustrations by 77 Artists
Bright September with its change of season is a great time for poetry. What could be more enticing than this treasury of nursery rhymes, folksongs, lullabies, and ballads from around the world? Each is illustrated by an outstanding artist, some well-known, others newcomers with fresh interpretations of old favorites. Caldecott-winner Jerry Pinckney contributes his magnificent watercolor Noah to an African-American spiritual; Canadian Jon Klassen builds a snowy structure in browns and whites to illuminate two Christmas rhymes. Native American artist Allison Francisco interprets spirit songs in brilliant reds, blues, and whites--snow feathers and two foxes at a lake. Ashley Bryant’s glowing patterns for two Caribbean clapping songs make you want to dance, while Pamela Zagarenski’s gorgeous layered art makes magic of an American lullaby. And how about “Old Mother Hubbard” as a sprightly comic strip? That’s just a sample; children and adults will revel in this glorious collection, offering delight in both art and poetry. Enjoy!
2015, All Ages
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Recommended by: Barbara Talcroft
Barbara Talcroft reviews children’s books professionally for childrenslit.com and for Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database. She has a Master’s degree in International Children’s Literature. She also has many years’ experience as a teacher. Barbara is one of the founders of LANTERN and its past chairperson.