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Rylant, Cynthia

ISBN 10: 0590473417 / ISBN 13: 9780590473415
Published by The Blue Sky Press, 1993
Condition: As New Hardcover
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Rylant, Cynthia. THE DREAMERS. NY: The Blue Sky Press, 1993. First Printing October 1993. unpaginated. illus. color Barry Moser. 4to. As new hardcover in d/w. Bookseller Inventory # 58392

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Publisher: The Blue Sky Press

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Edition: 1st Edition

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The luminous, instantly recognizable paintings of Barry Moser illustrate a work that follows a painter as he dreams of earth, trees, sky, and animals and then awakens to create them.

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Kindergarten-Grade 3-"There once was a young artist who lived all alone, quietly, and who spent his days as most young artists do: daydreaming." What follows is a sentimental and personal vision of the Biblical Creation story. Rylant chooses her words carefully, and the text has a certain ineffable quality, but not the transcendent power of James Weldon Johnson's emotional poem, The Creation (Little, 1993), or the heroic simplicity of Leonard Everett Fisher's David and Goliath (Holiday, 1993). However, The Dreamer is a handsome, well-designed book. From the title page, sprinkled with stars, to the parchment-colored endpapers, it has a clear, open, almost pristine look that suits the text. Moser's signature watercolors include some evocative images. All that readers see is the creator's hands-cutting out stars, extending the globe of the world against the heavens, drawing with a pen. Readers are looking over the artist's shoulder, or by extension, are doing the creating themselves. The story is heartfelt, but it lacks the complexity of thought found in Rylant's novels, or even in her easy-to-read "Henry and Mudge" series (Bradbury). For libraries looking for another interpretation of the Creation story, this is a visually attractive choice, but not a first purchase.
Karen James, Louisville Free Public Library, KY
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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