A Starlit Snowfall Paperback – Nov 7 2011
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Lavish full-spread watercolors... bristle with energy even as they suggest the restlessness youngsters may experience in the deep of night, wide awake and alone. Publisher's Weekly Pinkney's watercolors are lusciously tactile, the monumental, somnolent bear wedged into generous double spreads while his ever-alert friend springs from clover to stream and almost off the page on a marvelous final foldout spread. Delectable. Kirkus Reviews Graceful in both picture and word, this creates a mood that transcends the intricacies of the text. Booklist
About the Author
Jerry Pinkney is one of the most heralded children's book illustrators of all time. He has the rare distinction of being the recipient of five Caldecott Honors and the winner of the 2010 Caldecott medal for The Lion and the Mouse, and has since created two companion picture books: The Tortoise & the Hare and The Grasshopper & the Ants. He has won the Coretta Scott King Award five times, the Coretta Scott King Honor four times, and has been nominated for the prestigious Hans Christian Anderson Award. He was also the first children's book illustrator elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He lives with his wife, author Gloria Jean Pinkney, in Croton-on-Hudson, New York. The artist invites you to visit his website at jerrypinkneystudio.com.
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Anyway, we have a reissue from back in the late 1970s here. This one was first published as "A Starlit Sumersault Downhill," an unfortunate title in my opinion and I often times have wondered `what were they thinking." Well all this has been corrected and a wonderful work is again available. This makes me happy.
Between the writer, Nancy Willard and the Artist, Jerry Pinkney these two have won just about every children's book award available; many several times. These two simply do not turn out bad stuff folks.
This is the story of a rabbit and a bear. Winter is coming, the "hawk is flying," and the bear tries to talk the rabbit into sleeping the cold season away together in the bear's nice warm den.
Now adults enjoy art and adults enjoy poetry and adults enjoy when the two forms are blended together to make something quite different that the two parts standing alone. Both are beautiful, both fulfilling but when you put them in the same mixing bowl...well, you get something very special.
"My cave's so warm, my fur so deep,
no storm shall stir us out of sleep.
And I have made a rustling bed
of moss and marsh grass, newly dead.
Rabbit is tempted; hey, it is a great offer. But rabbits have got to be rabbits and bears have got to be bears. All creatures, we humans included, must follow our nature; we are all individuals.
"The rabbit sighed. `How ripe and sweet
this patch of clover by my feet!
The fields are broad, the hills are wide,
A pity we should stay inside.'"
I absolutely love the mellow rhyme of the author's gentle poem. It is soothing; it is profound.
And as to the art work of Jerry Pinkney...well, if I could handle watercolors the way this man can, I would die a happy man! Truth!
This entire reissue is an absolute delight to the eye and ear. It is a perfect bedtime story and a perfect story for a stormy winter day by the fire. Do your kid and yourself a favor and treat yourselves to this one.