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The First Song Ever Sung

Melmed, Laura Krauss

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ISBN 10: 0688082300 / ISBN 13: 9780688082307
Published by New York, New York, U.S.A.: Lothrop Lee & Shepard, 1993
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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The First Song Ever Sung by Laura Krauss Melmed, illustrated by Ed Young-First edition. Hardback story/picture book is quite clean and in near new condition. Dust jacket is very good and is in a Brodart protector-looks nice. NOT AN EX-LIB!. Bookseller Inventory # 27280

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Title: The First Song Ever Sung

Publisher: New York, New York, U.S.A.: Lothrop Lee & Shepard

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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Animal and human friends provide lyrical answers to a young boy's musical query

From School Library Journal:

PreSchool-Grade 1-- Picture book artistry at its best. A perched eagle on the cover soars across the title page, pointing the way to a panorama of snow-covered peaks and a line of Japanese mountain people in traditional costume, carrying with it an aura of stories, legends, and tradition handed down through the generations. A young boy poses the question, "What was the first song ever sung?" to each member of his family, his dog, the minnows in the brook, the birds in the sky. They each respond in short poetic prose that embodies their own focus in life. Young has enhanced the character descriptions of the text by portraying each person as both human and animal--father as wild cat, brother as bull, sister as dancing crane, grandmother as spider, grandfather as dragon. Inky blue washes in a variety of shadings serve as backgrounds for the 14 provocative paintings, which have the appearance of batik overlaid with oil pastel or paint--each with its own ambiance, texture, appeal. The borderless double-page illustrations meld perfectly with the text; each one seems more intriguing, more stunning than the last, until the penultimate closeup of mother and child in large-as-life animal form--a strong evocation of love and warmth. A final vignette is a soft portrait of the inquisitive boy on his mother's lap--a quiet ending to a lovely bedtime lapbook. Powerful! --Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
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