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Worksong
     

Worksong

by Gary Paulsen, Ruth Wright Paulsen (Illustrator)
 

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This talented pair celebrates the work ethic with sensitivity and grace—and reminds us of the quiet dignity that exists in everyday lives. People at work, doing things that are so essential to us all, are lyrically depicted in Gary Paulsen's spare and elegant verse and in Ruth Wright Paulsen's richly textured oil paintings.

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This talented pair celebrates the work ethic with sensitivity and grace—and reminds us of the quiet dignity that exists in everyday lives. People at work, doing things that are so essential to us all, are lyrically depicted in Gary Paulsen's spare and elegant verse and in Ruth Wright Paulsen's richly textured oil paintings.

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Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
From truck driver to cafeteria cook, from nurse to deep-sea diver-"All the things there are to be" gather together in this gentle rhyming hymn to the dignity of work. Here, work is the common tie that binds, rather than the distinction that sets individuals apart. In both words and pictures, the efforts of people who spend themselves in everyday work muster a communal force-whether it is a group of office workers at their "glowing screens," the truck-farming duo of father and daughter arranging their produce, or the solitary roofer. Gary Paulsen's couplets sometimes strike a whimsical note ("ice cream cones to lick and wear"), but more often touch the heart ("gentle arms that lift and hold,/ and all the soldiers brave and bold"). Ruth Wright Paulsen's textured, slightly muted oil paintings enrich the text and set off an emotional reverberation. Throughout, the subtlety of gestures (rather than facial expressions) and of concrete words (rather than feelings) keeps sentimentality at bay.
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780780799141
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
05/28/2000
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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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