Let It Shine: Three Favorite Spirituals

by Ashley Bryan

Ashley Bryan’s electrifying illustrations for three well-known African American... read more

Ashley Bryan’s electrifying illustrations for three well-known African American spirituals, “Let It Shine,” “When the Saints Go Marching In,” and “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands,” were constructed from cut paper, which he used to compose vibrant tableaus. Bryan uses both concrete and abstract imagery to convey visual ideas for lines in the songs, creating art that references rural and urban landscapes and elements of nature, as well as expressing ideas about freedom and spiritual beliefs. Warm, vivid colors and an abundance of round or fluid lines suggest a sense of embrace in this singular volume. An author’s note provides background information on the importance of spirituals in African American life. (All ages)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2008

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