A BOOT FELL FROM HEAVEN

In this allegorical import from Denmark, God is shown as a kindly, white-haired man who comes down to earth in search of his missing boot, which slipped off as he was sitting on a cloud admiring a rainbow. He asks those he meets (all adults) if anyone has seen his missing boot, but he is dismissed as just another troublesome crackpot in the big city. Finally God meets a boy who found the boot and saved it, expecting God to reclaim it. The boy, who is (not coincidentally) on his way to a fishing hole, wants to hear about God’s search and has time to listen. “All the time in the world” is the powerful, succinct phrase on the final spread, which shows the fishing hole and God leaning over to whisper to the boy. Three fish are swimming by, ready to be caught, and in the distance is a tiny, ark-shaped boat. The story can be interpreted as a simple tale of a child’s kind nature or on a deeper level that includes the symbolic nature of Christians as “fishers of men.” Carrer provides intriguing collage illustrations that include paper artifacts, hand-drawn elements, and painted figures. The theological orientation will not appeal to all, but may provide some interesting discussion within families and in Sunday school classes. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-10)

Pub Date: March 1, 2003

ISBN: 1-929132-45-X

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Kane Miller

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2003

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HE'S GOT THE WHOLE WORLD IN HIS HANDS

Nelson uses the old spiritual—offered here, astonishingly, in its first singleton, illustrated edition, though it’s available in many collections—as a springboard to celebrate family togetherness. Each line of a four-verse version of the lyric captions an intimate scene of an African-American lad, three sibs (one, lighter-skinned, perhaps adopted) and two parents in various combinations, posing together in both city (San Francisco) and country settings, sharing “the moon and the stars,” “the wind and the clouds,” “the oceans and the seas,” and so on. Sandwiched between views of, more or less, the whole world, Nelson alternates finished paintings in his characteristic strong, bold style with authentically childlike crayon drawings done with his left hand—demonstrating a superb ability to evoke both grand and naïve effects. Moving, reverent, spiritual indeed. (musical arrangement to close) (Picture book. 5-7)

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 2005

ISBN: 978-0-8037-2850-9

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Dial Books

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2005

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THE NIGHT OF LAS POSADAS

A wondrous occurrence, an ancient tradition, and an elderly nun’s abiding faith are the basis of this moving Chirstmas tale from dePaola (26 Fairmount Avenue, p. 629, etc.). Sister Angie is overjoyed when her niece Lupe and her husband are selected to play Mary and Joseph—here, Maria and José—for Las Posadas, the reenactment of the journey into Bethlehem. When Sister Angie becomes ill and Lupe and Roberto become stranded in a heavy snowstorm, it seems as if the celebration will be delayed. However, a couple arrives just in time to take the place of the missing players. The whole village participates in the procession, from the singers who follow Mary and Joseph, to the “devils” who attempt to prevent the weary travelers from finding lodging. After several rebuffs, the couple arrives at the gates of the courtyard; these open and the entire assembly enters to celebrate. When Lupe and Roberto finally show up, the other couple is nowhere to be found. The story takes a supernatural twist when Sister Angie discovers that the figures in the church’s manger scene have come to life, temporarily, for the procession. The mysteries and miracles of the season are kept at bay; this simple narrative spells everything out, resulting in a primer on the tradition. Richly hued, luminescent illustrations radiate from the pages; an introduction and author’s note provide additional information. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 1999

ISBN: 0-399-23400-4

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Putnam

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 1999

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