Five-time Coretta Scott King Award-winner Bryan (Let It Shine) interprets Cecil F. Alexander's 19th-century hymn with cut-paper art defined by swirling geometrical shapes in neon hues, contributing to a pervasively jubilant atmosphere. Every spread is a riot of colors, movement, and natural splendors: a gray whale that recalls Haida artwork is the centerpiece of one of the "All creatures great and small," scenes. In another, a rainbow presides over rushing waterfalls and rivers that flow from "purple-headed" mountains amid small villages. Bryan notes that he created the artwork using his late mother's embroidery scissors, which are pictured on the endpapers, lending a personal dimension; a biographical sketch of Alexander and musical notation are also included. The hymn's traditional roots are exquisitely juxtaposed against Bryan's global and contemporary scope (skin tones that range from deep brown to taupe are all seen in the hands of a creator, which reach down from the heavens beneath the line, "All things wise and wonderful: The Lord God made them all"). Bryan taps into the hymn's celebratory nature to produce a triumphal vision of creation. Ages 2-5. (Jan.)[Page 46]. Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
PreS-Gr 2--Bryan elevates a beloved hymn to new heights in this joyful treatment of Alexander's classic song. This hymn has been interpreted by artists such as Anna Vojtech (NorthSouth, 2006), Bruce Whatley (HarperCollins, 2001), and others, but Bryan's multicultural celebration of God and creation bursts with originality and contemporary appeal. Cut-paper collages in cheerful hues depict scenes of people, animals, and nature. Each illustration holds its own, as there are no weak links here. Opening with a sunburst Ferris wheel full of adults and children of many nations and ending with the multicolored hands of the Creator reaching down from the sky, the artist has created a masterpiece in which art and text work together. Bryan includes images of his mother's scissors (which he now uses) on the endpapers, along with an illustrator's note and musical notation. This is a memorable interpretation that's rich in color and detail.--Lisa Glasscock, Columbine Public Library, Littleton, CO[Page 143]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.