Take Me Home, Country Roads

Overview

By car, mini-van, pickup and motorcycle, members of a family take beautiful, nostalgic country roads to a family reunion. Up, down and around the hills of West Virginia, they all head for a hoedown, hayride, and good food at Grandma and Grandpa's place in the country! Illustrator Christopher Canyon brilliantly adapts John Denver's famous song for children of all ages. It's all about country, it's all about music, and it's all about family. (The hardback edition comes with a CD of John Denver singing "Take Me ...
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Overview

By car, mini-van, pickup and motorcycle, members of a family take beautiful, nostalgic country roads to a family reunion. Up, down and around the hills of West Virginia, they all head for a hoedown, hayride, and good food at Grandma and Grandpa's place in the country! Illustrator Christopher Canyon brilliantly adapts John Denver's famous song for children of all ages. It's all about country, it's all about music, and it's all about family. (The hardback edition comes with a CD of John Denver singing "Take Me Home, Country Roads"! This is the third title in Dawn Publications' John Denver & Kids Book Series.)
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
And many a family will want to load up the minivan for an outing expressly to hear John Denver's Take Me Home, Country Roads, which has just been released in a book-and-CD package, adapted and illustrated by Christopher Canyon (who also adapted the late singer's Sunshine on My Shoulders for kids). Jaunty artwork with the busy color and texture of a patchwork quilt add to the listen-while-you-look fun. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Denver's popular song of appreciation for his West Virginia home, "mountain momma," "the place where I belong," was inspired by a drive to a family reunion. While not knowing this, Canyon has appropriately set his adaptation of the text in the context of such a reunion. As he celebrates the "dark and dusty, painted on the sky," "the misty taste of moonshine," across the double pages, relatives of all ages are driving those country roads on motorcycles, in pick-ups, vans, jeeps, and convertibles, through the daylight and the dark, to the family farm. There ma and pa, or perhaps grandma and grandpa, welcome them to the warmth of family fun and togetherness. The pages burst with enthusiastic visuals conceived as patchwork with patterned fabrics sewn together, the cloudy sky activated with quilted stitchery. These are crowded scenes that encourage us to linger in order to discover the homey details and particulars of each family member. The lyrics seem almost an afterthought as the exuberant visuals define the ongoing adventure. A CD is included in the hardback. 2005, Dawn Publications, and Ages 4 to 8.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Kirkus Reviews
Canyon has outdone himself in his second pairing with a John Denver tune, this one about returning home to the place of his roots. A cast of wonderfully expressive characters journey day and night toward a reunion. Just as in real life, the family members are an interesting bunch, humorously reflected in the vehicles they are driving-a peace-sign-adorned Volkswagen van, a motorcycle, a station wagon towing a camper, a pickup truck, a camouflage-painted jeep and a fancy touring auto. The joyous reunion and its attendant feast and musical jam will have families itching to gather together. Canyon's portrayal of the song's West Virginia mountains and countryside as a quilt is inspired. Painting on textured paper and including every detail, right down to the stitches between the differently patterned "fabrics" making up the fields, mountains and trees, even hardcore quilters might be fooled into thinking this was the work of a needle and thread. (CD and score included) (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781417694709
  • Publisher: Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32

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