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All God's Critters [Hardcover]

By Bill Staines (Author) & Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
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Item description for All God's Critters by Bill Staines & Kadir Nelson...

Song lyrics celebrate how all the animals in the world make their own music in their own way, some singing low, some singing higher, illustrated by a two-time Caldecott Honor artist.

Publishers Description
Big...small...quiet...loud...feathered, flippered, or furred....
All God's critters have a place in the choir And this jubilant and raucous bunch is waiting for you to join in because everybody has a part to sing. It doesn't matter if you sing like a bird...howl like a wolf...or croak like a frog

From Publishers Weekly
As every alumni of children's chapel can attest, this vacation Bible school favorite is about the most fun you can have in church. Nelson (Coretta Scott, reviewed Dec. 15), taking a break from a recent string of more sober topics, lets loose with high-spirited illustrations that have tons of kid appeal. Bow-tied dogs and cats sing alongside a Buddha-bellied hippopotamus, a frog, a fox and plenty of feathered friends, all of which have the solid, rounded forms of favorite toys. The red velvet drapes that serve as endpapers suggest the performance aspect, and the large trim size invites sing-alongs (although the dark font against dark backgrounds on a few spreads is difficult to read). The visual pacing reveals knowledge of how the song works in real life: the double spread with just one line of text, And the old cow just goes, 'Mooooo,' will allow the audience to stretch out the vowel for the customary full minute or so before it's necessary to turn the page. A gatefold opens to reveal the animals in kick-line formation and full-throated bliss. The last two pages contain the sheet music, helpful as this energetic book ought to find a place in just about every choir. Ages 58. (Jan.)Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Awards and Recognitions
All God's Critters by Bill Staines & Kadir Nelson has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Parents Choice Awards (Spring) (2008-Up) - 2009 Silver Medal Winner - Picture Book category

Citations And Professional Reviews
All God's Critters by Bill Staines & Kadir Nelson has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 617
  • Booklist - 12/15/2008 page 48
  • Publishers Weekly - 12/22/2008 page 50
  • School Library Journal - 01/01/2009 page 96
  • Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks - 02/01/2009
  • Kirkus Review - Children - 12/15/2008 page 1310
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/2009

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Pages   28
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 10.5" Height: 11.25"
Weight:   1.14 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 27, 2009
Publisher   Simon & Schuster
Age  5-8
ISBN  0689869592  
ISBN13  9780689869594  

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Reviews - What do customers think about All God's Critters?

GORGEOUS book, but I wish it came with a CD  Feb 19, 2009
This book brings a song by Bill Staines to book form. The song, actually titled "All God's Critters Have a Place in the Choir," describes all sorts of animals singing and clapping and praising the Lord. Coupled with illustrations by Kadir Nelson, the text translates into a zany stage production.

One page toward the back of the book folds out to a four-page spread. Also at the back of the book, readers find the complete song with written music.

What I Like: I LOVE the illustrations! Kadir Nelson is one of my favorites; his work in this volume lives up to my expectations: vibrant, colorful, life-like, expressive ... absolutely striking. Also, the size of the book is great. It's large enough to read over two or three laps. My kids enjoy pointing out their favorite animals and making the appropriate praise noises.

What I Dislike: I wish the book included a CD. Not everyone can read music; without a CD or music download, turning the text into a tune can be difficult.

Overall Rating: The quality is Excellent, but without a CD or audio download, I have to rate it Very Good.

Tanya -- Christian Children's Book Review
Sing it loud for All God's Critters...  May 12, 2000
Set this book to a jaunty tune and the words become infectious. Your kids will be reciting it over and over! My kids loved it, as did all the kids in the kindergarten class I work in. I recommend this book highly. It has the same kind of rythmic quality as Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, but with a little more depth.

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