Let it Shine: Three Favorite Spirituals

Let it Shine: Three Favorite Spirituals

by Ashley Bryan


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780689847325
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 01/09/2007
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 893,586
Product dimensions: 10.10(w) x 11.60(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Ashley Bryan grew up to the sound of his mother singing from morning to night, and he has shared the joy of song with children ever since. A beloved illustrator, he was recently named a Newbery Honoree for his picture book, Freedom Over Me. He has also been the recipient of the Coretta Scott King—Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award; the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award; has been a May Hill Arbuthnot lecturer; a Coretta Scott King Award winner; and the recipient of countless other awards and recognitions. His books include Freedom Over Me; Sail Away; Beautiful Blackbird; Beat the Story-Drum, Pum Pum; Let It Shine; Ashley Bryan’s Book of Puppets; and What a Wonderful World. He lives in Islesford, one of the Cranberry Isles off the coast of Maine.

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Let it Shine: Three Favorite Spirituals 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
manich01 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The radiating collages that illustrate this book are its strongest feature, creating a mood to match each spiritual and emphasizing the light, restorative qualities of each. Use with younger children in a sing-along to really bring these songs to life. The historical significance of each may also be demonstrated through such interaction and consideration of the illustrations.
aconant05 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This book has the lyrics to three spiritual songs beautifully illustrated with bright construction paper art. The songs included are ¿Let It Shine,¿ ¿Oh, When the Saints Go Marching in,¿ and ¿He¿s Got the Whole World in His Hands.¿The sheet music is also listed for each song. In the back of the book is a note from the author explaining the origin of the songs. I was unaware that all three of the songs were created by slaves. I think the best artwork is in ¿He¿s Got the Whole World in His Hands.¿ The hands are incorporated into each page with colors that blend in with the scene that He is holding.
swerskygoode on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Bryan¿s Let it Shine is outstanding for a number of reasons. This book uses repetition and song to show spiritual and religious beliefs through a different lens. The book talks about Satan, the lord, saints, etc. making it a heavily religious-based book. Through his bright and colorful illustrations, he conveys an aesthetic tone to the readers. There are images of city life, nature, and spiritual places. There is much discussion of nature, animals, and family making it a great book for children. He provides music to the songs in the back of his book providing another medium to address the text. The three songs in the book that are illustrated are: This Little Light of Mine, Oh, When the Saints go Marching in, and He's got the Whole World in his hands.
sbiro on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I had already read a book Let it Shine. This version just added two more songs to the context of the story.If I taught a childs church group it could be useful. The pictures were bold and spoke more than the words.
smpenni on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The inspiring words of three well-known spirituals, "This Little Light of Mine," "Oh, When the Saints Go Marching In," and "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands," are matched with powerful construction-paper collage illustrations. Each double-page spread of this oversize picture book is an explosion of shapes and bright colors. Stocky figures, silhouetted against swirling colors are created from geometric shapes woven together. Rather than conceive a story to accompany the lyrics, Bryan presents series of scenes to reflect each set of lyrics. Children dance around with candles and march with saints; God holds a world of colored objects in his hands. The musical notation and lyrics for each song appear at the end of the book, as does a brief note from Bryan about the history of the spiritual and the changes he made in some of the lyrics. This will be hard to read without breaking into song.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
fun songs to sing with preschoolers. my grandkids love this book!
Shannett More than 1 year ago
This book to me was personal because I've grown up to these songs. I can picture my grandma and my mother singing and teaching me these songs. The illustrations are beautiful, the weird thing about it is that its drawn the way I picture it would be in my head. I really enjoyed this book and reflecting back on my childhood.