Raymond Bial Shaker Home

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Shaker Home

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In a Shaker community in Pleasant Hill, Kentucky, displays and descriptions of authentic Shaker homes, furnishings, and handicrafts bring to life Shaker traditions and lifestyle. By the author of County Fair.

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Grade 3-8-Mirroring the simplicity and elegance of a Shaker chair, this book captures the spirit of a very special people. It is an eloquent introduction to the history and philosophy of the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, commonly known as the Shakers. After relating the founding of the sect and discussing the ideals that guided (and still guide) the lives of its members, Bial details both daily living and worship. His enthusiasm for his subject truly shines in his discussion of their workshops and marvelous creations, inventions, and innovations. With one look at the flat broom, clothes pins, oval boxes, furniture, and architecture, readers will fully understand the Shaker belief that, "Anything may be called perfect which perfectly answers the purpose for which it was designed." The author's exquisite full-color photographs, taken at The Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Kentucky, reflect the clean lines of the people's art and architecture as well as the order of their lives. In a varied but clean layout, each of the perfectly composed and focused photographs is framed in a simple, fine black line. A true photo-essay, Shaker Home has neither table of contents nor index. An excellent prelude to Jane Yolen's Simple Gifts (Viking, 1976; o.p.) and Doris Faber's The Perfect Life (Farrar, 1974; o.p.).
Jeanne Marie Clancy, Upper Merion Township Library, King of Prussia, PA
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Gr. 3-6. Similar in format to the author-photographer's Amish Home , this handsome volume introduces the traditional Shaker way of life in a thoughtful text and well-composed, full-color photographs. Focusing on the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Kentucky, the pictures show the buildings, fields, seeds, tools, and furniture of the people who live there. With no one in sight, the beautifully lit photos use the Shakers' surroundings to express the integrity and simplicity of their ways. From the origins of the sect to their beliefs, activities, clothing, inventiveness, skills, and humanity, the text describes the people as they lived, worked, and changed. The sparing use of quotations is particularly effective. On hearing of the prices Shaker furniture commands at auctions, an elderly, modern-day Shaker laments, "I don't want to be remembered as a chair." He also quotes the Shaker dictum "Anything may be called perfect which perfectly answers the purpose for which it was designed." To Bial's credit, he's made a book with as much integrity as his subject. Carolyn Phelan

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