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All Night, All Day: A Child's First Book of African-American Spirituals

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Ashley Bryan says, "I have subtitled this collection A Child's First Book of African-American Spirituals. It could really be called Spirituals for the Young and ALL! And so it could be, for the songs it presents can be enjoyed by people of every age and every level of musical skill.
Mr. Bryan goes on to say, "Wherever I travel, people sing these songs. Often they do not kn
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Hardcover, 48 pages
Published March 30th 1991 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Janet
While primarily a song book, this title is interspersed with Bryan's two page spread illustrations. Some of the illustrations are very geometric and some have very flowing lines, but all have very beautiful colors. In this title Bryan seems to be very good with illustrating water--one can almost feel it flowing.
I especially like the illustrations for "I Stood on the River of Jordan" which has lovely sailboats with multi colored sails; "Open the Window Noah" with the rolling waves, and my favorit
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Ahemx
Dec 31, 2013 Ahemx rated it really liked it
Great first book to introduce children to the power of spirituals on the human spirit. A beginner musician (like myself) will be able to find the melody with the more familiar pieces but you will also be challenged with new ones. I had to use youtube and friends to help me with the unknown pieces.
The illustration in the book were absolutely gorgeous, bright and lively, goes very well with the theme.
Ama
Illustrations appear to be paintings, unlike Ashley Bryan's cut paper collages found in most of his recent works. I wish the book had an accompanying CD with the songs.
Jen
Oct 24, 2012 Jen rated it really liked it
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I really enjoyed the unique illustrations. I was surprised at the number of spirituals I knew but hadn't realized were spirituals. The music is accessible for guitar/voice/piano.
Brindi Michele
1992 CSKing Illustrator Honor
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