cover image The Song of the Three Holy Children

The Song of the Three Holy Children

Pauline Baynes. Henry Holt & Company, $12.95 (0pp) ISBN 978-0-8050-0134-1

In the book of Daniel appears the Apocrypha, a hymn of praise that was sung by Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, three Jewish captives in Babylon who were thrown into a fiery furnace and saved by an angel. ""O all ye works of the Lord, bless ye the Lord: praise him and magnify him forever.'' In her dazzling paintings, Baynes takes the naturalistic view that God is everywhere and in all things. But this book is more for adults than for young readers; the elaborate illustrations do not illuminate the text, but complement it for the more sophisticated eye. (6-10)