All Things Bright and Beautiful by Cecil Frances Alexander

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Written in 1848, this beloved hymn celebrating the wonders of Creation is given new life in Anna Vojtech's glowing interpretation. Lushly detailed paintings follow two children and their frisky pup through a bucolic landscape of meadows, hills, rivers, streams, and woods. Throughout the seasons, the youngsters explore and enjoy the wealth of treasures to be found -- things bright and beautiful, great and small, wise and wonderful, the glory of it all.

About Cecil Frances Alexander

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Cecil Frances Alexander (1818 1895), Irish hymn writer and poet best known for her hymn "All Things Bright and Beautiful. Anna Vojtech has illustrated numerous books for children, mostly folktales and stories about nature. Nature has always been a strong source of inspiration for Anna. Her pictures are full of flowers and animals, of giraffes and elephants, of little birds and chipmunks. Folktales are also about people, their nature and their spirit. Her illustrations have brought readers closer to the stories and traditions of their countries. Anna grew up in Prague, Czechoslovakia, what is now the Czech Republic. ""Prague was a magical place to grow up. We were surrounded by beauty, mystery, history and by nature."" She studied art and toy design at the School of Applied Arts and animation film and graphics at the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague. Later she attended the Royal Academy in Antwerp, Belgium and the Academy of Fine Arts in Hamburg, Germany where she met her German-American husband. Since 1982 she has lived on Cape Ann, Massachusetts with her husband and their two sons.
Published July 1, 2004 by North-South. 24 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Bright and beautiful watercolor illustrations and a large format with a thoughtful design combine to bring new life to the old words of this familiar hymn written in 1848.

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Publishers Weekly

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Alexander's beloved 1848 ode to the natural wonders of God's creation receives a fresh treatment via Vojtech's (Over the Meadow ) expansive watercolor

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On the following spread ("The ripe fruits in the garden/ He made them every one"), the left page returns to the same pond site in summer, the right page in fall, when the children harvest apples from the tree.

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Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.Find out more Parents need to know that since this book is an illustrated version of a classic Irish hymn written by Cecil Alexander in the 1800s, it definitely has a religious tone.

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