Simple Gifts by Christopher Raschka
A Shaker Hymn

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In words, pictures, and song, a nineteenth-century hymn continues to delight
“’Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free.” So begins Simple Gifts, a generations-old hymn written by the Shakers of Alfred, Maine. In that simple community, people based their lives on kindness, trust, and the joys that come when we sing and dance together. In this lush volume, acclaimed illustrator Chris Raschka brings this famous song to life, celebrating animals and landscapes with bold brushstrokes and warm colors. A cat, a rabbit, a turtle, and even the trees appear to dance to the lyrics. After all, sometimes the finest gifts are the simplest ones.

This is a fixed-format ebook, which preserves the design and layout of the original print book.
 

About Christopher Raschka

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Chris Raschka won a Caldecott Honor for Yo! Yes?, and is also the illustrator of The Genie in the Jar by Nikki Giovanni. He lives with his wife and son in New York City.
 
Published March 19, 2013 by Open Road Media Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife, Arts & Photography, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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Raschka continues his exploration of visualized music, in this case the 150-year-old Shaker hymn of the title.

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"Raschka translates the Shaker musical paean to a simplified life into a sort of peaceable kingdom where various animals dwell together in harmony with nature," said PW.

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As always, Raschka's vision is unique, and here he translates the Shaker musical paean to a simplified life into a sort of peaceable kingdom, where a cat, blue jay, rabbit, squirrel and turtle dwell together in harmony with nature.

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