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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dial (September 8, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803728506
  • ASIN: B001CJQEW6
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 9.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,896,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 2–Nelson's vibrant signature illustrations rendered in pencil, oil, and watercolor breathe new meaning and life into this favorite Sunday school spiritual in which families, communities, and forces of nature are celebrated with lively images and inspiring scenes. The cover painting of an African-American boy against a colorful landscape beckons readers inside to discover the wonders of creation. With each page turn and line of verse, Nelson gives fresh, thought-provoking interpretations to the lyrics that will stir the imagination and spark discussion. For example, He's got my brothers and my sisters in His hands depicts the boy, present throughout the book, holding a childlike drawing of people of different races and skin tones, suggesting the notion that all humanity should be viewed as brothers and sisters. The simple, repetitious flow of the words and the refrain make this an excellent read-aloud choice as well as a sing-along favorite. A moving, artistic celebration of our world and the people who share in its splendors.–Tracy Bell, Eastway Elementary School, Durham, NC
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*Starred Review* PreS-Gr. 2. This picture book's surprisingly intimate interpretation of the well-known spiritual makes it accessible to young children and their own "whole world." Nelson uses pencils, oils, and watercolors to create a series of striking, beautifully composed pictures. The opening scene of sun just visible beyond the arc of the earth in space gives way to a San Francisco cityscape with the sun against the skyline. With the words, "He's got my brothers and my sisters in His hands," the pictures introduce an African American boy holding up a childlike portrait of his multi-ethnic family. His fingers on the sides of the picture visually echo God's hands supporting his brothers and sisters in the song. A series of double-page spreads show the boy with family (particularly his father) engaged in a variety of activities: flying kites, fishing, doing a jigsaw puzzle of the earth. In the end, the scenes move away from the immediate family, enlarging the child's vision to include a park full of people, a hillside of homes by the bay, and finally, a shuttle's-eye view of the earth's curve, with the moon and stars lying beyond. The last double-page spread carries the piano music and four verses of the song, followed by a historical note. Winner of the Coretta Scott King Award for illustration for Ellington Was Not a Street (2004), Nelson envisions the song in a highly personal and involving manner while embodying its strength and spirit. Carolyn Phelan
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I highly recommend this wonderful book for children.
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I enjoy reading it, and my daughter now sings the song constantly!
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Kadir Nelson's illustrations are absolutely gorgeous.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By mcHaiku on July 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Incredible! How can this be the first review from Amazon readers?

Reviewer mcHAIKU is dumbfounded because Kadir Nelson's optimistic & colorful paintings should inspire everyone to at least say "Thank You" or "AMEN" !

What a wonderful book to share with children, and not only in *Sunday School* . . . the song has been a favorite for years at youth camps. Those places & occasions where we are free to voice such beliefs may become fewer. Our reaction should therefore be more convincing.

I love the fact that Nelson drew (& colored) the "kid drawings" - - with his left hand! Take a moment to appreciate a children's book that pictures almost entirely black people. And don't call that artificial. I call it necessary to the self-image of a large segment of our population. Let's share Nelson's inspirational book that wants readers (and listeners) to become INVOLVED, then get out & do some things that could make it happen for everybody, everywhere.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Shannon Lilia on January 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Kadir Nelson's illustrations are absolutely gorgeous. That is to be expected of this talented and unique artist. Although I've heard the song a hundred times through my life, hearing them in the middle of the night recently was life-changing. After a c-section birth I was feeling that warm but worrisome, awed but aware, content but concerned high emotion stress that most new Moms feel. In the middle of the night I awakened to hear the words of this story being read to my one week old daughter by her Daddy, my husband. Although he was reading to HER, it was a lullaby to me and it restored my usual assuredness and happiness. It was a wonderful reminder that "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands." I look forward to sharing this story as my girl grows and hope she learns to trust the sentiment as well as appreciate the beautiful things in life, like Kadir Nelson's lovely pictures.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tanya Dennis VINE VOICE on July 23, 2008
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"He's Got the Whole World in His Hands" is currently my son's favorite song; he sings it nearly every day, so as soon as I saw this book, I had to buy it. I'm so glad I did.

The lyrics to this spiritual-turned-favorite-hymn provide all the text. Written music is also provided on the last page. The illustrations are what truly make this book exceptional. Award-winning artist Kadir Nelson chose San Francisco as his setting. The illustrations feature a multiethnic family living in and engaging the world from a child's perspective.

What I Like: Everything! The colors, the size, the diversity, the message of faith and community. The illustations are magnificent! The entire book is quite striking. I love it! Better yet my kids do too. :)

What I Dislike: Nothing.

Overall Rating: Excellent.

Tanya -- Christian Children's Book Review
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Julie Knudsen on September 26, 2007
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This book is sweet and to the point, and we loved that it has an Malawian/African-looking boy on the cover, and featured inside, because my wife and I are adopting from Ethiopia. We're very glad for the purchase.
Loyal Frisbie & Julie Knudsen
Orlando, FL
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Weekly Reader on December 19, 2009
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I bought this book for my 2 year old son and he loves it, requests it several times a day and has started to sing the song. I think it's safe to guess you already know the words in the book, so I will just make a brief comment about the illustrations - they are absolutely beautiful, from start to finish. I highly recommend this wonderful book for children.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By HappyReader on May 7, 2007
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I purchased this book for my son before his arrival. I love the song, and I was absolutely captivated by the beautiful illustration of the child on the front cover. I've subsequently given it as a gift several times! The illustrations are magnificent, and of course, the song is a classic. My son, now 20 months, loves books I can sing, and I pulled this out for him last week. He now finds it himself and brings it to me repeatedly. He is as captivated by the gorgeous illustrations as I am. The choice of subject-matter is simple and deeply moving. We send out a big "Thank you!" to Kadir Nelson for creating this warm and touching work of art! I am sure it will remain one of my favorite books to give as a gift!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Freedom's Mum on October 1, 2009
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I bought this book while I was pregnant, for my unborn first son, because I wanted to start his children's book library early and the illustrations in this looked fantastic! He is now 19 months and has adored this book from probably 7 months on. He loves it so much, he tries to get us to let him take it to sleep with him, so he can snuggle it. It's simple, yet vibrant because of the amazing illustrations. My son loves to point things out on various pages, and seems to relate to the images of the father and son, where he always says dad & boy when he sees them. Kadir Nelson has captured wonderful childhood lyrics with distinct, crisp, creative drawings! We love it & often read it everyday!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Belcher on November 14, 2010
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I really like this book for my daughter. The faces are so beautifully expressive, especially the page with the father and son smiling at each other over a puzzle. I enjoy reading it, and my daughter now sings the song constantly!
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