RISE AND SHINE by Fiona--Adapt. & Illus. French


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Rise and shine,/And give God the glory, glory/Children of the Lord"": the ""folk adaptation of an American black spiritual"" is a cheerful summary of the familiar story of Noah's Ark. Here, Green-away-winner French illustrates it with skill and some humor, at one point showing the animals' faces green with seasickness. The rich fabric of Noah's robe is echoed in the Ark's brilliant patchwork pattern; the lowering sky and raging sea are rendered with a line eye for texture; the animals--a child's natural focus--are more precisely drawn, their long procession winding two by two across the desert. These disparate-sounding elements are harmoniously blended for a beautiful addition to the many Noah books. The music is omitted, unfortunately, but the conclusion--a parade of people from different times and places entering heaven (""If you get to heaven before I doosie. . .Tell St. Peter 'Don't be so choosy' "")--is a nice touch.

Pub Date: April 1st, 1989
Page count: 28pp
Publisher: Little, Brown