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To Every Thing There Is A Season Hardcover – October 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Sky Press; 1St Edition edition (October 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590478877
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590478878
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 10.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Leo and Diane Dillon have collaborated on 40 illustrated books and won a shelfful of major awards for their artistic work, including two Caldecott Medals. No surprise, then, that this book is a feast for the eyes--but it's remarkable even by their exalted standards. The text, printed in large, clear capitals along the bottom of the pages, consists simply of the famous verses from Ecclesiastes: "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die...." Each phrase is illustrated by one of 16 panels, and each panel stems from the artistic style of a different culture, from Egyptian tomb friezes, to Japanese harvest scenes, to Aboriginal bark paintings, to Greek vase paintings. The rich, sophisticated illustrations may appeal more to parents than to their children--and verses like "a time to kill" may be too much for the very young--but there could be no more beautiful vehicle for the old wisdom that we have to know, expect, and live with both the good and the bad that life will inevitably bring us. At the end of the book the authors provide interesting information on the style and the art history behind each illustration. (Click to see a sample spread. Illustrations copyright © 1998 by Leo & Diane Dillon. Permission from The Blue Sky Press, Scholastic, Inc.) (Ages 5 and older) --Richard Farr

From Publishers Weekly

The poetic words of the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes have been read, sung and whispered in countless books, songs and prayers. But in this picture-book tour de force, the two-time Caldecott Medalists celebrate the universality of the time-honored verse, depicting its relevance throughout history, spanning all cultures and religions. At first glance, readers will recognize in the jacket art a painting possessing many of the signature hallmarks of the Dillons' work: dramatic, intriguing human figures and subtle, earthy tones. Once inside, however, readers witness the artists giving over their own recognizable approach to immerse themselves in the style and media of several different world cultures. The opening painting, inspired by illuminated manuscripts and the Book of Kells, suggests the great things to come. The intricately rendered pattern consists of carefully arranged circles that contain symbols of nature and the seasons; they nearly swirl on the page, creating a larger visual circle that suggests the cycle of life. The subsequent spreads each contain a single line of text in a crisp font, and an expansive double-panel painting which incorporates cultural motifs and the palette and tone of a particular era and region of the world. To illustrate "A time to weep,/ and a time to laugh," for example, the artists show a young man in 16th-century India leaving his sorrowful family during a time of drought; on the juxtaposing page he joyfully returns to a lush landscape, opulently dressed and bearing riches. Other destinations in the book include ancient Egypt (featuring a sarcophagus and the god of mummification, Anubis), medieval Europe (in which villagers mourn a loved one and dance at a wedding) and 18th-century Japan (woodblock prints of people working in the rice paddies). Many readers will liken the experience of viewing this astonishing array of art styles and media to walking through a brilliantly curated exhibition in a museum. The ample detail in costume, geography and symbolism allows each work to tell its own grand story. And the wealth of emotion on the faces of the players here further personalizes their histories. In addition, the Dillons explain the historical background of and the inspiration for each illustration in a succinct and thoroughly researched afterword. All told, this enlightening volume exudes a quiet elegance readers will not soon forget. All ages.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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I am so glad it is still in print!
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The illustrations are very beautiful and easy for all to interpret.
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Adults and children alike will enjoy this read!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 15, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is a treasure of representative illustrations of artistic styles from a wide variety of cultures. Although the text comes from a specific time and culture, it demonstrates that its message is applicable to all members of the human family. I have made this a standard gift for friends and family with new children. The colorful pictures are stimulating and captivating for the very young who have not yet learned to read, while the timeless text provides a new level for children to experience the book as they get older. As an adult, I find this book to be something I enjoy over and over for myself and to give as a gift.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Juliana LHeureux on October 1, 2004
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There's an enjoyable specialness to this beautiful rendition of "To Every thing There is a Season" by Leo and Diane Dillon. Author and artist raise the sensory awareness of traditional Biblical text. They transpose exquisite simple Ecclesiastes prose from the traditional to the modern. They take the well-known and breathe new life into verse by adding cultural diversity and the beauty of artistic interpretation. I keep at least two copies of this beautiful book in my house at all times because, although it might be perceived as a stunning children's book, I actually use this book as a bereavement gift for families experiencing the loss of a loved one, regardless of age. Start a tradition in your family by giving this book to those you love who are experiencing personal losses of any kind. This is a high brow children's rendition of Biblical text worthy of an adult's attention.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mary weiss-waldjorn on February 12, 2010
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As an art teacher this is one of my favorite children's books. Using the famous verses from Ecclesiastes the book comes alive with beautifully rendered pages of civilizations often using art historical themes. It is a beautiful and simple presentation with profound meaning. I highly recommend this book for anyone who teaches elementary school children. I read it to my seventh grade class as an introduction tho my course on the Great Religions of the World. Whenever anyone I know has a baby this is my baby gift to them. I have nothing but enthusiasm for the illustrations in this book and the message it imparts. I am so glad it is still in print!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 16, 1998
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Ecclesiastes comes to life in the stunning multi-cultural illustrations of the verses. It should be on your gift-giving list for young AND old alike. The cultural portrayals are so pure students will enjoy naming them as the pictures are shared. The information about the illustrations in the back adds a special touch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tallulah on July 1, 2009
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This book as a different type of cultural art for each verse. One of my all time favorites for adults and children alike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mimi on September 7, 2008
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This is one of the most perfect and beautiful children's books I've ever seen. The words from Ecclesiastes reflect truths about the variations in life that I've found young children understand. The illustrations, each representing a different artistic style, from a variety of time periods and cultures, is exactly what I'm always looking for in children's books -- a truly multicultural encounter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Annis on July 14, 2007
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We first received this a present when our daughter was young, it has become an enduring classic in our house. The illustrations reveal styles from around the world and give much to discuss in relation to the text. This is a book you will want to hold on to! We have given it to many friends as a baby gift over the years.
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By Diana Wilder on September 7, 2014
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I fell in love with the illustrators while looking through Amazon for books on a particular subject I was researching for a story. Their work was breathtaking. I ended up ordering four of their books. This is the first I'm reviewing.
The verses from Ecclesiastes are illustrated in different styles. 'A time to be born and a time to die' has a scene that you might find in an Egyptian tomb with mourners and the deceased. Others look like vignettes from an illuminated manuscript, there are Mayan depictions, all exquisitely done. The depictions highlight the text.
This is a lovely, lovely book.
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