Climbing Jacob's Ladder: Heroes of the Bible in African-American Spirituals

Climbing Jacob's Ladder: Heroes of the Bible in African-American Spirituals

by John Langstaff, Ashley Bryan

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Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
John Langstaff selected African-American spirituals with Old Testament heroes and prophets as the subjects for Climbing Jacob's Ladder. They are beautifully complemented by Andrew Ross' harmonically rich and rhythmic piano arrangements and Ashley Bryan's vibrant tempera paintings. A brief distillation of the Old Testament story precedes each spiritual in a handsome anthology, which includes Ezekial Saw the Wheel, Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho and Go Down, Moses. Harmonically rich and rhythmic piano arrangements accompany all.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 6-- Nine Biblical heroes--Noah, Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Joshua, David, Ezekiel, Daniel, Jonah--are featured in a slim, bright volume. A few lines of text introduce each, only hinting at their full stories, or the meaning of their heroism, or of God's actions regarding them. (This brevity can mislead: a statement that Moses was one of the ``. . . greatest leaders of the ancient world'' only makes sense in a Hebrew-centered context. Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, or Romans would not have recognized his name). For each of the nine, a suitable African-American spiritual, with full musical notation (voice and piano or guitar accompaniment) appears on the facing page. Naive, lively illustrations in brilliant hues depict the Biblical figures as African-Americans might have imagined them, in their own image and likeness, in shades ranging from cafe au lait to molasses. --Patricia Dooley, Univ . of Washington, Seattle

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Margaret K. McElderry Books
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8.62(w) x 10.31(h) x 0.41(d)
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7 - 9 Years

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