I See the Rhythm of Gospel by Toyomi Igus

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'We free now, baby,' mama whispers as we bounce and sway with the wagon's twists and turns over roads of clay through the land that oppressed us to a new world, a brand new day. The dynamic author/illustrator team of Toyomi Igus and Michele Wood has come together again to produce I See the Rhythm of Gospel, a sequel to the Coretta Scott King Award-winning I See the Rhythm. Readers of all ages will be captivated by this informative and inspirational blend of poetry, art, and music that relates the history of gospel music as reflected through the journey of African Americans from their arrival as slaves in America to the election of our first black president, Barack Obama. The bonus CD included in the back of the book features these five gospel songs representing different eras in African-American gospel history: Gospel Quartets: 'Wade in the Water'---Golden Gate Quartet Gospel Women: 'I Will Move on Up a Little Higher'---Mahalia Jackson Gospel Soul (Motown and Funk): 'Hallelujah Praise'---CeCe Winans Gospel Power: 'Jesus Be a Fence Around Me'---Fred Hammond and Radical for Christ Holy Hip-Hop: 'I Love You'---Cross Movement

About Toyomi Igus

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Toyomi Igus is the author and editor of several books for children, including Two Mrs. Gibsons and the award-winning books Going Back Home and I See the Rhythm. A former Editor and Publications Director for UCLA's Center for African American studies, Toyomi has been honored for her work in promoting literacy among children. She lives in Los Angeles, California. Michele Wood is an artist whose work defies all boundaries. As a painter, illustrator, designer and writer, she has gained wide recognition in the United States. She has been honored with the prestigious American Book Award for her first book, Going Back Home and by the American Library Association with the 1999 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award for her book, I See the Rhythm. Her work, which has been exhibited in major venues nationally, reflects an essential sense of history and place. She lives in Indianapolis, Indiana. www.michelewood.com
Published April 24, 2012 by Zondervan. 40 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality, Children's Books, Arts & Photography.

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In addition, Igus has added a brief description of each musical movement and a terrific timeline noting highlights of African-American history—both musical and more general information—which roots the whole book in a broader context.

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Three forms of narrative—pictorial, poetic, and factual—take place in this somewhat cluttered exploration of the historical, cultural, and spiritual influences that produced gospel music, from the collaborators behind I See the Rhythm (1998).

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Those eras and their songs are: Gospel Quartets: Wade in the Water - Golden Gate Quartet Gospel Women: I Will Move on Up a Little Higher - Mahalia Jackson The illustrations are colorful and full of movement and depict each generation of gospel music in an interesting way.

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