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WEAVING THE RAINBOW by George Ella Lyon

WEAVING THE RAINBOW

By George Ella Lyon (Author) , Stephanie Anderson (Illustrator)

Age Range: 5 - 9

Pub Date: March 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-689-85169-3
Publisher: Richard Jackson/Atheneum

Lyon can make lyrical prose out of anything at all: here she recounts the birth, growth, and shearing of a flock of sheep; then the cleaning, spinning, dyeing, and weaving of a tapestry. The strong young woman who is shepherd, weaver, and artist sees rainbows in the white radiance of her flock and in the multihued radiance of sunlight on grass, both captured exquisitely by Anderson in her first picture book. In telling the tale, Lyon also imagines for her readers how weaving can be an art and how wool can be made into pictures as well as clothing. Along the way, Anderson makes sure to show the details of how wool goes from the sheep to the wall. The beauty of the pictures and the rhythm of the language will entrance children even if they have never thought about sheep, or weaving at all, and they will come away with a bit of knowledge wrapped around a weft of joy. (Picture book. 5-9)