GOD IS IN THE MOUNTAIN by Ezra Jack Keats

GOD IS IN THE MOUNTAIN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Twenty-four quotations from a variety of different religions and cultures (Judaism, Taoism, American Indian, Islam, Sikhism, Aztec, Hinduism, Shintoism, African, etc.) proclaim the presence of God. They do so, generally, in the most abstract, necessarily ponderable terms. Keats' formless, almost Rorschach-styled designs make these statements seem doubly difficult to grasp. "There are ways but the Way is uncharted..." shows a white dove flying among curving, geometric shadows; "The opportunity that God sends does not wake up him who is asleep," is set against a wood block print--of the grain of the piece of wood; "The heavens declare the glory of God..." is illustrated with a blurred piece of marbleized paper. Even the bland coloring (grey and terra cotta) fails to offer any striking point of focus. Tony Palazzo's A Time for All Things (p. 749-J241) and The Twenty-third Psalm, which portrayed the Biblical texts in the simplest, most readily attractive way for young children is much more likely to make readers willing and capable of comprehending the intangibles of religious/philosophical thought. Only the pull of the Keats name will create any demand for this book outside the obvious Sunday School market.
Pub Date: Aug. 26th, 1966
ISBN: 0805031685
Publisher: Holt Rinehart & Winston
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 1966




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