Before I Go to Sleep

Ann Pilling, Author, Anne Pilling, Author, Kady MacDonald Denton, Illustrator Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers $14.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-517-58018-9
In this 96-page collection, 21 familiar stories from the Old and New Testaments are presented in language that is simple without being condescending--Daniel slays Goliath, the infant Moses is rescued from the river, the wise men seek the newborn Jesus. Interspersed among these graceful retellings are poems and prayers by well-known authors both religious (St. Ignatius Loyola, St. Francis of Assisi) and secular (William Blake, Christina Rossetti). In content and style, Denton's soft, spare watercolors are a perfect accompaniment: they manage to be suitably childlike while also conveying a sophisticated flavor that is nicely attuned to each subject. Whether bright and frolicsome for Ruth Sawyer's exuberant yuletide catalogue, ``Christmas Morn'' or washed with greys for Dietrich Bonhoeffer's ``A Prayer for Fellow Prisoners,'' her paintings bring a warmth and individuality to this attractively packaged book. All ages. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 08/29/1990
Release date: 09/01/1990
Hardcover - 93 pages - 978-0-921103-45-5
Hardcover - 93 pages - 978-0-517-58019-6
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