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Let it Shine: Three Favorite Spirituals [Hardcover]

By Ashley Bryan (Author) & Ashley Bryan (Illustrator)
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Item description for Let it Shine: Three Favorite Spirituals by Ashley Bryan...

Three inspirational songs, "This Little Light of Mine," "Oh When the Saints Go Marching In," and "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands," come to life in a vibrant picture book with sing-along lyrics for readers of all ages.

Publishers Description
"This little light of mine,
I'm gonna let it shine.
Let it shine,
let it shine,
let it shine."
With a kaleidoscope of color and cut paper, Hans Christian Anderson Award nominee and two-time Coretta Scott King Award winner Ashley Bryan celebrates three favorite spirituals: "This Little Light of Mine," "Oh, When the Saints Go Marching In," and "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands." The power of these beloved songs simply emanates through his joyous interpretations. Come, sing, and celebrate

Awards and Recognitions
Let it Shine: Three Favorite Spirituals by Ashley Bryan has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Coretta Scott King Award - 2008 Winner - Illustrator category

Citations And Professional Reviews
Let it Shine: Three Favorite Spirituals by Ashley Bryan has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 608
  • Publishers Weekly - 11/27/2006 page 54
  • Booklist - 11/15/2006 page 50
  • Kirkus Review - Children - 12/15/2006 page 1265
  • Horn Book Magazine - 01/01/2007 page 80
  • School Library Journal - 01/01/2007 page 113
  • Black Issues Book Review - 01/01/2007 page 33
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/2007 page 425
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2007 page 44

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Atheneum
Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.5" Width: 10.2" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   1.05 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 9, 2007
Publisher   Atheneum
Age  4-8
ISBN  0689847327  
ISBN13  9780689847325  

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More About Ashley Bryan

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Ashley Bryan grew up to the sound of his mother singing from morning to night, and he has shared the joy of song with children ever since. A beloved illustrator, he has been the recipient of the Coretta Scott King--Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award; he has also been a May Hill Arbuthnot lecturer, a Coretta Scott King Award winner, and the recipient of countless other awards and recognitions. He lives in Islesford, one of the Cranberry Isles off the coast of Maine, where he can often be found with a cluster of children, all singing.

Ashley Bryan currently resides in Islesford, in the state of Maine.

Ashley Bryan has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Jean Karl Books (Hardcover)

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Let the sun shine in  Sep 30, 2007
You could take the amount that I know about African-American spirituals and fit it into the hollow of the ear of a flea with room to spare, I think. Put bluntly, I don't know much. As far as I can figure it my spiritual knowledge begins with the song "This Little Light", continues through "When the Saints" and ends somewhere around "In His Hands". Awfully considerate of Mr. Ashley Bryan to select those three songs in particular for his picture book collection of three classic spiritual songs then, eh? Earlier in the year I sent out a query asking for people to tell me about the books that could win the Caldecott and the title that got the most mentions was "Let it Shine". A book that I had not A) Heard of or B) Seen. I'm correcting this great wrong right now and though I'm not the kind of person who normally goes gaga over cut paper, Mr. Bryan has done some pretty slick stuff with just some colored pulp, a pair of scissors, and some of the finest folk songs in the world.

From the very first page Ashley Bryan's vibrant images just leap at you. Three spirituals vie for your attention. In "This Little Light of Mine" children are seen carrying lights in all kinds of containers and sources as the words to the song appear below. With each verse, Mr. Bryan finds an eclectic way to bring these lyrics to life. The same can be said for the other songs as well. Within an ever shifting series of hues, tones, shades, and colors, people are seen praying and singing. They laugh and dance. "Oh When the Saints Go Marching In" shifts from light to dark and the book ends with a blow-out production of "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands".

I was first introduced to Mr. Bryan's work years ago when he wrote the Coretta Scott King Award winning title, Beautiful Blackbird. For some reason, at that time I never really realized what kind of paper the man worked with. Not fancy self-pressed sheets of tissue or lacey linens. No, Mr. Bryan is a master of a material that even the youngest child will instantly recognize: construction paper. I mean, it's pretty cool when you sit down and think about it. Art teachers and Sunday school teachers could probably have a field day with this book. They could charge their own kids to come up with their own stories or images with the songs that they like. There are possibilities galore.

I was grateful for the back matter in this book too. If you're going to make a title that consists wholly and entirely of three songs then it would be a crime not to include a little sheet music in there. Sheet music there is, and ah-plenty. A short note from the author too, explaining the roots of Spirituals and their importance. And of course the endpapers of this book are practically worth the price of admission alone. In both the front and the back of the book are two hands, undulating and reflecting a host of different colors. It all looks so straightforward until you notice that Bryan has been able to create the illusion of light playing over paper by constantly changing the shades of each finger on the hand. I was amused to also see the Xeroxed photographs of the scissors that Mr. Bryan must have used to cut out all these thousands and thousands of paper pieces.

Sometimes it's difficult to find quality Christian children's books. There are some umpteen bazillion Christian publishers out there, many of them churning out books for kids every year. Still, once in a while you need to look outside this closed little world to find the real gold. "Let it Shine" will make so many people happy. People looking for a great selection of music. People looking for something Christian. People looking for a title that'll involve African-American history and a great contemporary artist. It's all here and it's all bound to make a whole host of folks very very pleased. As I may have said before, cut paper doesn't usually make my little heart go ah-pitter pat, but for Ashley Bryan I will make an exception. Stamp a big old "NECESSARY PURCHASE" all over this puppy.
His Mother's Scissors  Jun 1, 2007
Of the thousands of Spirituals created by African-American slaves, Ashley Bryan chose to illustrate three of his favorites -- "This Little Light of Mine," "Oh ,When the Saints Go Marching In," and "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands." He took two pairs of scissors inherited from his mother and colored papers and created exquisite collage illustrations bursting with color that sweep and swirl across double-page spreads.

The artist, who frequently works in primary colors, has chosen a different palette of exciting, compelling,complimentary colors with yellows and golds, blues and purples, and browns predominating. Without a
speck of white background showing through, his stylized, multi-layered collages of flora and fauna, and people, mostly children in silhouette, dance across the pages. On one spread, illustrating the verse,
"Don't let Satan blow it out," two candle-holding children in bright colors face a swirling mass of cool grays, blues, and greens. It represents Satan trying unsuccessfully to blow out the children's lights. It looks ominous without being frightening. Filled with meaningful images, such as the image for God from the Ibo people of Nigeria, Bryan has an original, unequaled mastery of form and color. This book is a tour-de-force that is as beautiful from a distance as it is close up.

Let It Shine  Feb 12, 2007
This is a beautifully illustrated presentation of three spirituals. Ashley Bryan uses cut-paper collage masterfully to show the message behind the lyrics. These illustrations offer many opportunities for discussion. The three spirituals are ones familiar to most children: This Little Light of Mine, When the Saints Go Marching In, and He's Got the Whole World in His Hands. The book is a wonderful way to make a connection between the library and music class and is especially effective in the younger grades. During Black History Month, it is a wonderful way to show the great influence of African American music in the American musical experience.

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