All Things Bright and Beautifulby Cecil Frances Alexander, Bruce Whatley (Illustrator), Mary Morgan (Illustrator)
Armed only with gloriously hued colored paper and his mother's embroidery scissors, renowed artist Ashley Bryan captures the mightiest whales and the most delicate blossoms, pearls of grapes, and grins of children in this homage to Cecil F. Alexander's beloved hymn, which is perfromed by choirs around the world.
Barbara L. Talcroft
Meet the Author
Cecil Frances Alexander was born in Ireland. She began writing poetry as a child and wrote nearly 400 hymns. She wrote All things Bright and Beautiful, one of her most popular, to help explain to children the opening words of the Apostles' Creed, a Christian statement of belief. The wife of an archbishop, she was known to be a generous woman who cared for the poor and opened a school for the deaf with her sister.
Bruce Whatley is one of Australia's most highly regarded and talented authors and illustrators for children, both here and internationally. Bruce started his working life in advertising as an art director and illustrator and since then he has created over 60 picture books. Many of his books have won awards both in Australia and overseas, including The Ugliest Dog in the World, Looking for Crabs, Tails from Grandad’s Attic and Detective Donut and the Wild Goose Chase.
Bruce has co-written a number of award-winning books with his wife Rosie Smith (Whatley’s Quest, Detective Donut and the Wild Goose Chase and Little White Dogs Can’t Jump) and his son Ben Smith Whatley (Zoobots).
In 2002 Bruce paired with author Jackie French and illustrated Diary of a Wombat – an iconic picture book that has become an international best-seller with foreign sales to nine territories. Diary of Wombat was the start of an extraordinary artistic collaboration that sparked the publication of Pete the Sheep, Josephine Wants to Dance, Shaggy Gully Times, Baby Wombat’s Week, Christmas Wombat and Wombat Goes to School. Plus two delightful books about Queen Victoria, being Queen Victoria’s Underpants and Queen Victoria’s Christmas.
One of the most remarkable aspects of Bruce’s talent is the breadth of his artistic ability, which includes an appealing cartoon style to realistic representations using mediums ranging from coloured pencils, watercolour, acrylic and oils, and more recently, 3D digital software.
And accompanying that talent is an intellectual depth and curiosity that sees Bruce taking on large and complex projects, such as The Beach They Called Gallipoli, which is being co-created with Jackie French and will be published in 2014 to coincide with the centenary of WW1.
In 2008 Bruce completed his PhD titled Left Hand Right Hand: implications of ambidextrous image making. In his thesis Bruce looked at the image making of the non-dominant hand, making the fascinating discovery that in most people the ability to draw lies in the use of the ‘other’ hand.
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(For the Katy Hudson edition) A famous poem that has been featured in books, television and movies is re-imagined and brought to life in this delightful new book illustrated by Katy Hudson. In this new version, three young children take a walk through the woods and fields and delight in all that God has given us. The children meet an owl, see some deer and enjoy the songs of several birds. They spot numerous other animals while also enjoying the simple treasures of the land such as blowing the seeds off of a dandelion, picking blueberries and dipping their toes in the water of a cool mountain stream. In short, the children revel in all that God has created on and around the unspoiled land they are exploring. Towards the end of the book, we see the children’s parents setting up a tent for a campout. Next, the stars come out in full force in a nighttime mountain scene that includes a full moon, and several animals as they scurry about. Illustrator Katy Hudson is to be commended for creating the absolutely beautiful watercolors that accompany the Cecil Frances Alexander poem, All Things Bright and Beautiful in this book. The images are bright, cheerful and yet striking in their beauty. The three children, who appear in almost every picture, are playful and happy and young readers are sure to identify with them. I found myself reading the book with a smile on my face, enjoying the scenery that the artist so perfectly captured. Hymn-writer and poet Cecil Frances Alexander wrote countless poems, many of which were featured in her book Hymns for Little Children. One of those, All Things Bright and Beautiful, is probably the best known by today’s youth. It precisely captures the greatness of God’s gifts to us in this amazing world he created. Combined with illustrator Katy Hudson’s fabulous drawings, this newest version of the poem is a winner. Add it to your collection! Quill says: A lovely book, with an equally lovely message, this book will easily convey the message of God’s gifts to your little ones.
Beautifully draws attention to God's creation! The rhymes in this book are simple and flow easily. Each phrase is short and sweet. There is very little written on each page and the pauses are nicely timed with plenty of opportunity to really explore the pictures. The illustrations are very detailed and eye catching. It was a joy to look for small things like the ladybugs and butterflies that were on a number of pages. I really love the way that all aspects of creation are included. This includes the animals, plants, mountains, rivers, and even the weather. God is creator of, and in control of all of it. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
This is an engaging and beautifully illustrated book set to a classic hymn. My three year old loves it!
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