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ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL by Naoko  Stoop

ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL

By Naoko Stoop

Age Range: 0 - 3

Pub Date: March 6th, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4027-8581-8
Publisher: Sterling

The famous hymn is given beguiling illustrations in this board book.

The verses break naturally with each page turn as a little girl plays with an animal menagerie in, appropriately, the great outdoors. As morning breaks, all the characters dangle from trees and sprawl on the grass. As the book progresses, the focus turns to individual interactions and observations, the only constant being the little girl and her monkey companion. The youngster leans against the tree's branch as she looks eye-to-eye with an owl and her owlets, but butterflies, frogs, bunnies and so on are not visible. The child has baby-doll dresses, sturdy legs and disproportionately tiny arms, bringing whimsy to her solemn regard of the natural world. The day turns to twilight as the child explores landscapes and seasons. The reverent respect for the Creator that is evident in the text is not overt in the illustrations, though they complement the famous song beautifully.

These softly lyrical illustrations befit the traditional hymn. (Board book. 6 mos.-3)