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All Things Bright and Beautiful

All Things Bright and Beautiful

Fall 2010 Picture Books
Ages: Infant - 5 yrs.
Author: Ashley Bryan
Contributions From: Cecil F. Alexander
ISBN: 9781416989394
Hardcover Price: $16.99

In one of his most stunning works to date, Ashley Bryan has chosen to illustrate the first stanza of the beloved hymn, "All Things Bright and Beautiful" written by Irish poet, Cecil Frances Alexander.

Here, Bryan's incomparable, double-page collages begins with an image of the sun's rays as the spokes of a Ferris wheel with the children of the world riding in star-decorated baskets. Bryan's illustration for the phrase, "All things wise and wonderful," is an open book with life both within and springing forth from the pages.

Using only the dressmaking scissors inherited from his mother, this master of collage, cuts out detailed, stylized, and beautiful, sharp-edged flora and fauna. Although Bryan occasionally uses slightly textured paper, most of his items are cut from flat, brightly colored paper. He then arranges and overlaps and layers until he has filled the double-page spreads with exquisite, exuberant life.

Kemie Nix   ©2010 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing/Atheneum Books for Young Readers

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