The inventive Anne Wilson (The Owl and the Pussycat, reviewed in Children's Forecasts, Mar. 10) brings her exuberant mixed-media collages to the Twenty-third Psalm in The Lord Is My Shepherd. Childlike in their direct and immediate appeal, the illustrations reflect sophisticated printmaking techniques. Tiny, multi-ethnic figures journey against abstract backgrounds harmoniously composed of vividly patterned shapes and swirls, capturing-and transmitting-a sense of the psalmist's unalloyed joy. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
The familiar words of Psalm Twenty-three have long been a source of comfort. Just a phrase on each double page leaves ample room for contemplation. Wilson has chosen to set the text on pages dominated by abstract shapes, which a few times include barely recognizable objects. She attempts to evoke emotions through her design and choices of color and texture, using circular bands and sweeping curves upon which the brief bits of text are printed. A tiny cutout figure from the front end-papers is a sort of narrator who contributes human scale. On the back end-papers, many such figures join together, giving a universal world-wide sense of communion. 2003, Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, Ages 4 to Adult.
Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Gr 2 Up-The memorable words of Psalm 23 have comforted many people in times of need. Here, this reassuring prayer is accompanied by collages composed of swirls of color and small figures of various ethnic groups. Beginning with "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want," each spread contains another succeeding line surrounded by eclectic, kaleidoscopic artwork intended to mirror the emotions evoked by the words. The artist's interpretation of the psalm is interesting and unusual. Created for a broad range of readers, this rendition of the Old Testament passage will most likely appeal to older audiences. Younger children may relate more easily to Psalm Twenty-Three (Eerdmans, 1997), illustrated by Tim Ladwig. However, Wilson's version will serve as a supplemental purchase for most collections.-Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Wilson (Noah�s Ark, not reviewed, etc.) provides striking, paper-collage illustrations to accompany the familiar words of the Twenty-Third Psalm, using the traditional King James Version as the text. Each double-paged spread incorporates one sentence or phrase from the psalm, often with the text flowing through the illustration. The old-fashioned words stand in sharp contrast to the fresh palette of turquoise and citrus shades and the abstract patterns of the layered paper designs. A tiny cut-out figure in red shirt and white pants is featured in all the spreads, surrounded by the bold, graceful designs that relate symbolically to the text. "Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over," for example, shows a gigantic red wine goblet with the narrative figure adrift on its overflowing surface, with brilliantly colored streamers spilling out. This tiny single person set against the large expanses of bright colors serves well to illustrate the powerful strength of the famous phrases. Though the expressionistic style of the illustrations will not explain the meaning of the psalm to children unfamiliar with the text, this version will work well as an alternative treatment for those who already know the psalm and will also be of interest to older children (and adults) who can interpret the creative illustrations in their own way. (Nonfiction. 5-10)