Ted Lewin Sacred River

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Sacred River

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All rivers in India are sacred, and the Ganges most of all. Every year, more than one million Hindu pilgrims journey to Benares to renew themselves in its waters. Caldecott Honor medalist Ted Lewin joined the pilgrims at the river's edge for an experience he describes as one of the most unforgettable of his life. His luminous watercolors and simple, evocative text brilliantly capture the traditions, beliefs, and colorful pageantry of the devout and their ancient city.

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Ted Lewin grew up in Buffalo, New York, with two brothers, one sister, two parents, a lion, an iguana, and a chimpanzee. He became interested in art as a young boy when he would draw his brothers' world of wrestling. Ted later worked as a professional wrestler to finance his studies at the Pratt Institute of Fine Arts, where he met his wife, Betsy Lewin, also a children's book writer and illustrator. He and his wife travel around the world to research the settings for their books. While working on SACRED RIVER, which he both wrote and illustrated, Ted joined thousands of Hindus on their pilgrimage to the banks of the Ganges River in Benares, India. Ted now lives and works in the brownstone he shares with his wife and their two cats in Brooklyn, New York. For more information visit www.tedlewin.com.

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Grade 1-4?Lewin makes a pilgrimage to Benares, India, where millions of Hindus come each year to purify their souls. Panoramic watercolors capture the majesty of the architecture and the "...colorful clothing of the people" that "...makes a flower garden of the stone steps." The double-page paintings, which exhibit a masterful use of light and color, lend life to the stilted text and startle the eye with teeming activity. However, there are anomalies between text and illustration. For example, Lewin refers to "...gray smoke and piles of ash" that "...mark the burning ghats, the place of funeral pyres." Though stacks of wood are visible, the ash and smoke are not. Another passage refers to the "...dark stain of a high-water mark from past monsoon floods"?again indistinguishable. The arrival and departure of an old boatman frame the book's beginning and end, but it's not clear from his cargo or actions why he's there. In this spare work, Lewin has captured the visual impact of his journey; unfortunately, the marriage of art to text is less than rewarding.?Carolyn Noah, Central Mass. Regional Library System, Worcester, MA
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