Let the Whole Earth Sing Praise

by Tomie dePaola

In this celebratory volume author/illustrator Tomie dePaola weaves lines and language... read more

In this celebratory volume author/illustrator Tomie dePaola weaves lines and language from “Canticle of the Three Young Men” (also known as the Benedicite from the “Book of Daniel”) and “Psalm 148” into a lyrical praise song that begins “Sun and Moon, Stars and Comets in the Heavens. Praise God.” The words dance on sepia-toned page spreads decorated with graceful, naïve images of the catalog of praise-singers mentioned in the verse. As the song progresses, the pages become more crowded as birds, animals, and people join other elements of the natural world in praising and blessing God. The result is a sense of joy brimming from the pages of this intimately sized volume. dePaola’s illustrations were inspired by the folk art embroideries of the Otomi people around San Pablito in Puebla, Mexico. (Ages 2–5)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2012

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