All Night, All Day: A Child's First Book of African-American Spirituals

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Ashley Bryan says, "I have subtitled this collection A Child's First Book of African-American Spirituals. It could really be called Spirituals for the Young and ALL! And so it could be, for the songs it presents can be enjoyed by people of every age and every level of musical skill.
Mr. Bryan goes on to say, "Wherever I travel, people sing these songs. Often they do not know that they are singing spirituals. They associate them with their ...

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Overview

Ashley Bryan says, "I have subtitled this collection A Child's First Book of African-American Spirituals. It could really be called Spirituals for the Young and ALL! And so it could be, for the songs it presents can be enjoyed by people of every age and every level of musical skill.
Mr. Bryan goes on to say, "Wherever I travel, people sing these songs. Often they do not know that they are singing spirituals. They associate them with their churches, schools, camps, or clubs and are surprised when told that they are singing spirituals.
"Almost a thousand of these songs have been collected since the end of the Civil War. They are unique in the song literature of the world and are considered America's most distinctive contribution to world music."
Of the thousand African-American spirituals that are known, Mr. Bryan has here chosen twenty, among them some of the best known and best loved, including the title song, "All Night, All Day," and such others as "This Little Light of Mine,""When the Saints Go Marching In," and "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands." For each, David Manning Thomas has created an interesting piano accompaniment in support of the melody and has indicated guitar chords. Best of all, full-color pictures capture the spirit and essence of many of the songs to make this a book that can both be used as a fine songbook and treasured for its beauty; for the warmth, liveliness, and inspirational depth of its illustrations.

Ashley Bryan, one of America's most renowned storyteller-anthologizers, presents an inspiring introduction to the African-American spirituals that he has also illustrated with twelve gloriou full-color paintings. From over 1,000 songs collected since the Civil War, Ashley Bryan has chosen twenty of the best-loved spirituals. Full color illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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School Library Journal The songs leap off the page, demanding to be played and sung.

Young Reader A remarkable achievement and a lovely treasure.

Kirkus Reviews starred review A truly beautiful book, worthy of the wonderful music it showcases.

Publishers Weekly
Alongside sheet music of 20 spirituals, beginning with "All Night, All Day," and concluding appropriately with "Great Big Stars," Bryan illustrates every pair of songs with a wordless spread that evokes stained glass, with the light of these songs' promise shining through. Ages 4-8. (Jan.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 6-- Bryan has certainly let his little light shine in this selection of 20 well-known spirituals, none of which appear in his Walk Together Children (Aladdin, 1981) or I'm Going to Sing (Atheneum, 1982; o.p.). Whereas the earlier books provided only the melody, David Manning Thomas's arrangements in this collection include full piano scores and guitar chords; the piano accompaniments are simple enough to be performed by amateur pianists, but are sufficiently challenging to remain interesting, with pleasing and appropriate harmonies. The stylized watercolor paintings, dominated by pinks, blues, and yellows, glow with the faith and hope of the songs they illustrate. From Peter ringing the bells, to Noah opening the window for the dove, to the ships sailing over on the river of Jordan, these illustrations are dynamic and full of movement, and the people and angels radiate an unearthly light. The songs leap off the page, demanding to be played and sung. --Susan Giffard, Englewood Public Library, NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689867866
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 12/30/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 1,442,179
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.98 (w) x 9.98 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet 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 he can often be found with a cluster of children, all singing.

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 he can often be found with a cluster of children, all singing.

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Table of Contents

Contents

All Night, All Day

Chatter with the Angels

Who's That a-Comin' Over Yonder

Somebody's Knocking at Your Door

This Little Light of Mine

Behold That Star

I'm a-Going to Eat at the Welcome Table

O When the Saints Go Marching In

I Stood on the River of Jordan

Get on Board

Peter, Go Ring the Bells

He's Got the Whole World in His Hands

Wade in the Water

There's No Hiding Place

The Rocks and the Mountains

I'm Gonna Sing

Open the Window, Noah

O Won't You Sit Down

Now Let Me Fly

Great Big Stars

A Note on the Spirituals

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