We just got this book into the library and it went out immediately with a kindergartner. It is stunning. The over-sized paper collage illustrations dance right off the page. Three spirituals are illustrated; "This Little Light of Mine," "Oh, When the Saints Go Marching In," and "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands." The pictures swirl with colors and music. The other librarian and I were oogling it's loveliness when the kindergarten class came in today and we couldn't stop our exclaiming over it to usher the class in the door. The papercuts are layers in large strokes of colors with overlapping arcs and swells. It reminds me of the most intricate quilting or mosaic patterns. My favorite page shows a brown infant cradled in the arms of a curled up adult with the baby reaching for God-the-parent's face as we sing the final chorus of "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands"... I want a print of that page to hang on my wall!
Ashley Brian links:
CBC Magazine: Discovering Ethnicity Through Children's Books
Reading is Fundamental Meet the Author