Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Celebration Book for Independence Day


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       I've been saving this book for next week, then realized that next Wednesday is AFTER Independence Day. I hope you enjoy it as a preparation for celebrating America, continuing to believe that we are a country for all people.


       I know some of you have seen this, but if not, you must. It's a tribute to America with a few lovely words by Sarvender Naberhaus, sumptuously illustrated by Kadir Nelson. The double pages pair with each other, sometimes with the same words, sometimes with clever wordplay. For example, it begins with the title words, "blue sky white stars" with an illustration on the left of the Statue of Liberty shown against an evening sky, and a close up of blue sky, white stars in folded fabric with the same words. "White rows", also repeated shows covered wagons in a row, with the white rows of the flag on the opposite page. My favorite page, "sea waves" is a lovely ocean, but the companion page is of the flag waving, illustrating the words, "see waves".  From Civil Rights' Marchers to a raised flag, from a flying eagle to the moon landing, the words and images bring forth the best of patriotic feelings, and for younger readers, topic sparks for more questions. It's a wonderful new book. Included are author and illustrator notes, plus another that added information can be found on the author's website, although in a search, I could not find her site. Here is a short blog post she's written showing some other of the book's pages, and you can see more pages on Google.

        Enjoy your Independence Day!

6 comments:

  1. I've already requested this book. It may not arrive in time for Independence Day, but I know it will be a treat whenever it reaches my holds shelf. Have you seen Kadir Nelson's New Yorker cover? Someone shared it on Twitter yesterday. Happy 4th of July, happy vacation, & happy beach time, Linda!

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    1. Hope you enjoy the book! Yes, I have the New Yorker, don't know if I was the only one, but I shared it too! Hope the holiday is nice for you, too! Beach in a bit more than a week!

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  2. I can't wait to see this one! I am on hold for it at the library, but this library is so sllllooowww getting new books out to the patrons. Hoping it's in my hands soon!

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    1. Thanks, Michele. I hope you'll get it soon!

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  3. Kadir Nelson is one of my all time favorite illustrators! I think I must buy this book!

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    1. It is a beauty, Carol. Kadir Nelson also created the cover for the New Yorker this week!

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