Search Results: "Ashley Bryan"


BOOK REVIEW

CAN'T SCARE ME! by Ashley  Bryan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"This musical trickster breathes new life into an old tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
It's Anansi. It's Coyote. No, it's a boy wonder who knows no fear. Read full book review >

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BEAT THE STORY-DRUM, PUM-PUM by Ashley  Bryan
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 20, 1981

"Pointed up with Bryan's fluent, emphatic woodcuts, they could catch the eye and the ear of a TV-trained audience."
Five more transplanted African folktales, equipped, for reading aloud, with much pum-pum, uh-huh, and a little be-bop, by the author/artist of The Ox of the Wonderful Horns. Read full book review >

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Released: March 9, 1977

"And if Spider's still singing then they're still dancing'—but to what beat is anyone's guess."
According to an appended note, this is retold from a collection of folklore of the Antilles, but it would be hard to place as it turns up here—with a strutting young man named Spider Ananse playing opposite Granny; a proper melting pot of crops which he tricks her out of; and his comparison of the dancing Granny to, of all things, a tumbleweed. Read full book review >

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Released: July 8, 2014

"A stunning work of creative genius sure to captivate the young and lend pure delight to beachcombers of any age. (Picture book/poetry. 4 & up)"
A riveting collection of puppets made from found objects at the seashore. Read full book review >

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SAIL AWAY by Langston Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Like Hughes, Bryan, at 91, can also boast, 'I'm still pulling.' (Picture book/poetry. 5-12)"
Hughes' pen is paired to Bryan's sculpting scissors, making a rich, poetic picture book indeed. Read full book review >

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BY TROLLEY PAST THIMBLEDON BRIDGE by Ashley  Bryan
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2015

"Bileck and Bryan capture the stuff of dreams in this mesmerizing and multifaceted pageant. (contributors' notes) (Picture book. 5-9)"
With echoes of Lear and Stevenson, this journey into the land of dreams pairs a detailed Old World setting with a pulsing four-beat rhythm to pull readers into its magical realm. Read full book review >

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LET IT SHINE by Ashley  Bryan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 9, 2007

"Incorporated into these final spreads with the music are concluding illustrations for every song, each focusing on a shining source of light. (Nonfiction. 3-8)"
An extra-large trim size, a vibrant palette and Bryan's glorious cut-paper collage illustrations add up to a marvelous interpretation of three traditional African-American spirituals: "This Little Light of Mine," "Oh, When the Saints Go Marching In" and "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands." Read full book review >

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ALL NIGHT, ALL DAY by Ashley  Bryan
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: April 30, 1991

"Note on the spirituals. (Nonfiction. 4+)"
Twenty splendid examples of spirituals are provided with simple arrangements by David Manning Thomas (guitar chords also included). Read full book review >

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THE NIGHT HAS EARS by Ashley  Bryan
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

Every country boasts its own proverbs, but unless US children study a foreign language or live in a bilingual family, their exposure to these pithy sayings can be limited. Read full book review >

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THE STORY OF LIGHTNING AND THUNDER by Ashley  Bryan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 29, 1993

"There is one of Bryan's uniquely vibrant, swirling, light-filled paintings on every page. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)"
A delightful adaptation of a Nigerian folktale about "Ma Sheep Thunder" and her "Son Ram Lightning," who live in a village where the people rely on them to call their friend Rain down from the clouds over the mountain. Read full book review >

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SING TO THE SUN by Ashley  Bryan
POETRY
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"There are some poignant moments here, and some intriguing thoughts, but these poems are most notable for their rhythmic, musical language—and as a foil for the lyrically decorative art. (Poetry/Picture book. 8+)"
Twenty-three short poems celebrating family, animals, flowers, and music, many of them alluding to a tropical island setting. Read full book review >