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Children's LiteratureAGERANGE: Ages 4 up.
Any notion of making a visual translation of a biblical psalm may be audacious. But Spirin approaches the task with reverence, drawing upon his talent to paint lush, textured, naturalistic scenes loaded with personal symbolism. The title page depicts a harp-playing king with two angels whispering in his ears. The setting is ornate, with marble pillars and a gold-encrusted garment. Each page contains a line or two of the psalm on an unrolling scroll, accompanied by a circular or square framed illustration. The first scene, however, is a double page, with sheep and a recumbent lion and a young boy playing a flute suggesting a Peaceable Kingdom. Later, on another double page, the lion is shown snarling, perhaps protecting a harp player from "mine enemies," barely seen in the corners. A final six-part foldout opposite the entire psalm puts all the illustrations together in a glorious scene, a fantastic combination almost demanding that the beholder make a personal story. The exotic architecture, elaborate floral arrangements, ancient ships, etc., all go well beyond the poetic words, suggesting a graphic narrative of their own. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz