Item description for The Wonderful Happens by Cynthia Rylant & Coco Dowley...
Overview In this glorious gift book, Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant describes some of the things that bring happiness and awe into our lives, including a baby bird, fresh-baked bread, snow, clocks, the moon, and more.
Publishers Description the world is filled with so many wonderful things -- * birds that fly through the sky and peaches that grow on trees, * spiders spinning webs and cats napping in windows, fresh-baked bread and new-fallen snow. * and then there's the most wonderful thing of all -- * you
Citations And Professional Reviews The Wonderful Happens by Cynthia Rylant & Coco Dowley has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2001 page 23
Publishers Weekly - 11/20/2000 page 67
Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/2000 page 23
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Studio: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 12.31" Width: 9.34" Height: 0.41" Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2000
Publisher Simon & Schuster
ISBN 0689831773 ISBN13 9780689831775
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More About Cynthia Rylant & Coco Dowley
As a child, Diane Goode loved books and art. She has been drawing ever since she can remember.Of Italian and French descent, she enjoyed the richness of both cultures and traveled to Europeevery summer visiting family as well as cathedrals and museums. She feels that these earlyimpressions helped shape her appreciation of art and life. She studied art history at QueensCollege, but switched to fine arts, in which she earned her degree. Her love for Europe shows in the setting of many of her books Paris in particular, where two ofher recent picture books, Where's Our Mama? and Mama's PerfectPresent. take place. She drewon her experience of living for a short time in Pennsylvania, to do the art work for CynthiaRylant's story of Appalachia, When I Was Young in the Mountains, for which shewas awarded aCaldecott Honor Medal. Diane Goode has illustrated 27 books for children, including anthologiesand stories she has written herself. She has always been drawn to the classics and has illustratedmany of the traditional fairy tales. Of her process, she says: -I always begin with a rough dummy and then work on the individual pages, sketching veryloosely and quickly to establish movement and composition. I do these dozens of times, repositioning enlarging, reducing, adding and omitting. There are always hundreds of sketches foreach book. It sounds tedious, but it is the most exciting part of creating a book. When I msatisfied with these, I do the final art. All of my work is done on opaline parchment, a thin butstrong paper. I sketch lightly in pencil and use water colors applied with very fine sable brushes.Sometimes I use color pencils with the paint to soften the atmosphere.- Diane Goode now lives in Watchung, New Jersey, with her husband David, an author and collegeprofessor. Their son, Peter, attends Rhode Island School of Design.
Cynthia Rylant currently resides in Portland, in the state of Oregon. Cynthia Rylant was born in 1967.
Cynthia Rylant has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about The Wonderful Happens?
Loved it! Mar 7, 2003
My 8 yr old brought this book home from her school library. I cried the first time I read it to her, and after that I just made her read it to me! I thought it was fabulous, and have added it to our own library, as well as given it as a gift to many other children.
A Wonderful Book Jun 27, 2001
This book was brought to my Children's Literature class and praised by everyone. At least three of us cried at the beauty of the language. The ending grabbed all of us. How beautiful for a child to read that he or she is wonderful just like the the trees, rain and birds. The clever use of borders, lines and space were praised by the professor. Contrary to the previous reviewer, we found the book delightful.
Such a great start, but in the end, a disappointment.. Feb 12, 2001
I picked up this book because the cover looked appealing, and I was intrigued about what this book may be about. I started reading it, and I was really quite impressed. I was starting to get notions in my head about using this book for storytime at work or donating it to my elementary school, but kept reading and changed my mind.
Rylant evokes a great sense of the wonderful in the "ordinary". Little thing which we so often take for granted. I loved that about this book. However, I was really put off about how she tried to tie that in with the child's own being. I didn't like how she made it sound like "then one day, YOU happened", (just like a flower blooming!) because there IS a great difference, in my eyes, in a child being born and a loaf of bread being made.
It could have been really wonderful, but this analogy left me with a bad feeling in the end.
The Next "Good Night Moon" Oct 20, 2000
What a charming book to introduce the young child to the concept of birth. "The Wonderful Happens" is beautifully illustrated by Coco Dowley and the point of the book shows to a young child the simple beauty and wonder of nature unfolding. I highly recommend this book for reading and sharing with a 3-5 year old child.
Wonderful Happenings Oct 17, 2000
This charming picture book makes the connection between how the everyday objects in our lives begin, including us, and then evolve into a final product. For example wheat grows in a field, becomes flour, and then bread.It explains that in the beginning there was no you but then you happened and will grow just like everything else. It beautifully answers many questions children are apt to have about the how and why of things. The illustrations are charmingly filled with birds, animals, flowers, snowmen, all things that would delight a young child. This book could become the next "Good Night Moon."