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The Lord is My Shepherd

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Philomel Books, 2008. Hard cover with dust jacket. (ISBN 9780399245275) Reinforced binding. Beautifully illustrated art by Gennady Spirin. Includes a fold-out poster attached to the end of the book. Board of book has art replicating the jacket illustration. Very good copy, very good dust jacket. One of the world's most beloved prayers is paired with the captivating art of "New York Times" Best Illustrator Gennady Spirin this breath-taking creation of "The Lord Is My Shepherd." Page by page, exquisite images bring to powerful life each line of the well-known psalm, and come together in a stunning conclusion: a fold-out of one large, magnificent painting containing every image. More than a memorable psalm, more than exquisite images, Gennady Spirin's creation turns a book into an unforgettable experience and an extraordinary moment for families to share. Art, Children's.

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Grade 3 Up—Spirin has applied his unique artistic vision to the venerated Old Testament psalm. He isolates harmonious images from his elegant portrait of an ornately robed and turbaned dignitary, which appears at the back of the book, to illuminate each line. The harp-playing man occupies a gold and ivory temple surrounded by a sapphire sea, a sumptuous feast spread out at his feet. Other figures, including farmers reaping a field of hay and a cavalry of armored soldiers, populate the perimeter of the canvas. The imaginative and dreamlike scene features a multitude of birds, flowers, animals, soaring spires, and angels all painted in rich jewel tones. The text is presented one line at a time in a large, clear font on an image of an ornate scroll, and each accompanying illustration is framed in gold. The opening lines, "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want," are paired with a tranquil scene of the white-robed shepherd watching over his flock while a young boy plays a wooden flute and a majestic lion lies peacefully among the sheep. The entire psalm appears on the last page, along with a fold-out reproduction of Spirin's distinctive oil painting. This sophisticated interpretation of the psalm has an ethereal, fairy-tale quality, contrasting with Barry Moser's Psalm 23 (Zonderkidz, 2008). Moser illustrates the sacred lines with shimmering watercolors of a cheerful Antiguan boy tending his flock in idyllic Caribbean landscapes. While Moser's paintings may appeal more to younger children, older readers will treasure Spirin's exquisite interpretation and enjoy locating the individual illustrations in the larger work of art.—Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA
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Spirin’s illustrated version of the Twenty-third Psalm uses biblical images for his very formal presentation. Oil paintings rendered on canvas turn out to be pieces of a larger picture that is revealed in a large foldout glued to the endpapers—perhaps not the best accommodation for libraries. The paintings follow the text, but with some fantastical elements: a shepherd’s herd also includes a lion, and lines about restoration of the soul and paths of righteousness are illustrated with angelic figures that seem to come from the Book of Revelation. It is not until the final picture is unfolded that readers have the opportunity to see the rich, wonderous world that makes up this kingdom. There is an odd gauziness to the individual pieces of the painting that is less evident in the full picture, but readers wanting an elegant, if somewhat esoteric version of the Psalm will find it here. Grades 2-4. --Ilene Cooper

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