All Night, All Day - A Child's First Book of African-American Spirituals
Last updated: 17.12.19
Printed: 1991 Author: David Manning
Publisher: Atheneum ISBN: 0689316623
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School & Library Binding- 48 pages (April 1991)
Amazon Review
Unique to the world of music and admired for their richly emotional content, African-American spirituals receive the celebration they deserve in this collection of songs for young children. Old favorites such as "O When the Saints Go Marching In" and "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands" are coupled with lesser-known titles such as the collection's namesake, "All Night, All Day."
All of the songs are stirring and inspirational when sung by young children. They come with guitar and piano accompaniments, as well as warmly hued, free-flowing illustrations of natural forms--waves, leaves, flower petals, stars--that suggest a feeling of radiance and hope. All Night, All Day won the Coretta Scott King Award for 1992.
From Kirkus Reviews
Twenty splendid examples of spirituals are provided with simple arrangements by David Manning Thomas (guitar chords also included). Bryan's resplendent paintings fill textless double spreads that alternate with the unembellished pages of music. Visual celebrations rather than literal illustrations, they merge the representational with the purely decorative--the swirling, stylized waters of the Jordan, for example, contrasting with the faceted geometric patterns of the ships sailing on it.