Music from Our Lord's Holy Heaven

Music from Our Lord's Holy Heaven

by Gloria Jean Pinkney, Brian Pinkney, Jerry Pinkney
     
 

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Tapping a wellspring of comfort, inspiration, and renewal, Gloria Jean Pinkney has gathered twenty-two African-American spirituals and reverential songs. She's carefully chosen a psalm for each to illuminate its meaning.

Soaring artwork by her husband, Jerry, and their sons, Brian Pinkney and Myles C. Pinkney, graces these pages. Expressing themselves in three

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Tapping a wellspring of comfort, inspiration, and renewal, Gloria Jean Pinkney has gathered twenty-two African-American spirituals and reverential songs. She's carefully chosen a psalm for each to illuminate its meaning.

Soaring artwork by her husband, Jerry, and their sons, Brian Pinkney and Myles C. Pinkney, graces these pages. Expressing themselves in three distinct styles, these award-winning artists draw on a shared heritage to create images that meld beautifully. Including notes on music by daughter, Troy, and Gloria Jean Pinkney's moving tribute to the importance of spirited music in their lives, this is a book families will treasure. It evokes a universal feeling of harmony, with time-honored songs, psalms, and wondrous art to stir the heart.

Your whole family is invited to join in as Gloria sings the twenty-two selections chosen for this book on the accompanying CD. Gloria Jean Pinkney grew up with the tradition of churchgoing, but she was a reluctant soloist until the Lord and His Redeemer strengthened her confidence. Her most recent publication is a book about the Holy Spirit, In the Forest of Your Remembrance.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The prolific Pinkneys--known for their numerous award-winning children's books--keep it all in the family as matriarch Gloria gathers a collection of spirituals and hymns introduced by daughter Troy and illustrated by husband Jerry and sons Brian and Myles. Each spread features lyrics, a psalm quoted from the Bible and a signature illustration by one of the artists (photography, in Myles's case). Troy offers an essay on how spirituals can help to heal, unite and inspire, while Gloria reminisces about the pivotal role this type of music has played, and still does play, in her family's life. Among the 22 selections are "Holy, Holy, Holy," "Go Down, Moses" and "Go, Tell It on the Mountain." A bonus CD of Gloria singing all the songs is included. All ages. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS Up-This superb collection of lyrics for 22 African-American spirituals (musical scores are not included) is divided into three thematic groups: "Adoration," "Spiritual Wayfarers," and "The Good Shepherd." The finely crafted volume contains a variety of favorites, including "Glory, Glory, Hallelujah!" "We Are Climbing Jacob's Ladder," and "Go, Tell It on the Mountain." The selections are accompanied by pertinent lines from corresponding psalms and further illuminated by distinctive illustrations painted in swirling shades of blue and gold, or poignant color photographs of children. The songs are framed by essays written by Troy Pinkney-Ragsdale and Gloria Pinkney, both of whom speak eloquently of the magical influence music can have on adults and children. Gloria Pinkney sings the songs in her pleasant alto to piano accompaniment on a companion CD. This title can be paired with Ashley Bryan's All Night, All Day (S & S, 2003), another collection of African-American spirituals, which includes the musical scores in addition to the lyrics.-Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The talented Pinkney family collaborated in the creation of this inspirational collection of traditional Christian hymns and related psalms. Gloria Jean Pinkney selected the texts and recorded a CD of the hymns (included with the volume). Some of the musical selections are African-American spirituals such as "Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho" and "Go Down, Moses," while others are traditional Sunday school songs with an old-fashioned flavor. The illustrations include striking watercolors of African-American angels by Jerry Pinkney, vibrant paintings by Brian Pinkney, and photographs of children singing and worshipping by Miles C. Pinkney. Additional materials include a short introduction for adults by Troy Pinkney-Ragsdale and a biographical essay with family photographs by Gloria Jean Pinkney about the significance of music and religion in her life. (Nonfiction. 4-10)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060007690
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/27/2005
Edition description:
BOOK & CD
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Gloria Jean Pinkney was a reluctant church soloist until the Lord and His Redeemer strengthened her confidence. Her most recent publication is a book about the Holy Spirit, In the Forest of Your Remembrance.

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