Worksong

Overview

People at work, doing things that are so essential to us all, are lyrically depicted in Gary Paulsen’s spare and elegant verse and Ruth Wright Paulsen’s richly textured oil paintings. This talented pair celebrates the work ethic with sensitivity and dignity—and reminds us of the quiet grace inherent in everyday lives. “The soft colors, spare text, and overall design of the book provide a song of praise to the unsung heroes in every child’s ...

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Overview

People at work, doing things that are so essential to us all, are lyrically depicted in Gary Paulsen’s spare and elegant verse and Ruth Wright Paulsen’s richly textured oil paintings. This talented pair celebrates the work ethic with sensitivity and dignity—and reminds us of the quiet grace inherent in everyday lives. “The soft colors, spare text, and overall design of the book provide a song of praise to the unsung heroes in every child’s world and to the simple satisfaction of a job well done.”—School Library Journal

Illustrations and rhyming text depict people doing all kinds of work.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
PW called this a "gentle rhyming hymn to the dignity of work." Ages 3-7. (May) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Children's Literature - Margaret Jackson
This is a gorgeous book with pictures of people doing all sorts of different jobs. But the illustrations evoke the 1930s rather than the 1990s. Even the people working on computers seem old fashioned. The art is reminiscent of FDR's WPA projects but its nostalgic appeal will be lost on today's children. Paulsen's lyrical prose also seems inaccessible from the first line in the book that accompanies a drawing of a man sawing wood: "It is keening noise and jolting sight...."
San Francisco Chronicle
Natural-sounding verse and subdued oil paintings...together evocatively pay tribute to the world of work.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152023713
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/28/2000
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,401,463
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.88 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.03 (d)

Meet the Author

GARY PAULSEN has written nearly two hundred books for young people, including the Newbery Honor Books Hatchet, Dogsong, and The Winter Room. He divides his time between a home in New Mexico and a boat on the Pacific Ocean.

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