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What a Morning!: The Christmas Story in Black Spirituals (Aladdin Picture Books) Paperback – October 1, 1996

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In this picture book, the Christmas story is told in spirituals: "Mary Had a Baby," "My Lord, What a Morning!" and "Go Tell It on the Mountain" among them, until the baby is born, and "Behold That Star!" closes the tale. Bryan's illustrations tie into the African-American theme, showing a black Holy family and multiracial wise men and shepherds. Bold brush strokes line each landscape and every garment; the star of Bethlehem, through the religious prism, reveals colors of rainbow hues. This collection of songs exhibits an intimacy and compassion that give these spirituals a stunning universality. All ages.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Ashley Bryan grew up to the sound of his mother singing from morning to night, and he has shared the joy of song with children ever since. A beloved illustrator, he has been the recipient of the Coretta Scott King—Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award; he has also been a May Hill Arbuthnot lecturer, a Coretta Scott King Award winner, and the recipient of countless other awards and recognitions. He lives in Islesford, one of the Cranberry Isles off the coast of Maine, where the sea’s energy sustains his own. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Series: Aladdin Picture Books
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin (October 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689808070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689808074
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.7 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,730,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By here now on August 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book contains Ashley Bryans wonderful illustration that are related to the music in the book and Christmas. This book has five full sheet music version of songs. (Not for the novice or beginning pianist.) Although I did not recognize all the songs (four are not traditional Christmas songs), once I played the music and read the words, I saw how they related. In fact, I bought the soulful rendition of "Go, Tell it on the Mountain" to my chior. It is written in that gospel music, church manner that was perfect. I am going to use the book for this years Christmas play. I checked it out of the library right before christmas last year and did not have time. Great book. Beautiful picture. Meaningful and moving music. A great buy!
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Beautiful original book and brilliant colors with well arranged spirituals provide a children's choir director with an excellent teaching opportunity. Kids will learn the songs for their Christmas Eve choir presentation and enjoy the pictures during their rehearsals. The artwork should provide subliminal inspiration for the kids while learning the spirituals. Simon and Schuster should reprint this volume.
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