Music from Our Lord's Holy Heaven
Gloria Jean Pinkney, , illus. by Jerry Pinkney, Brian Pinkney and Myles C. Pinkney, prelude by Troy P. Harper, $17.99 (48pp) ISBN 978-0-06-000768-3
The prolific Pinkneys—known for their numerous award-winning children's books—keep it all in the family as matriarch Gloria gathers a collection of spirituals and hymns introduced by daughter Troy and illustrated by husband Jerry and sons Brian and Myles. Each spread features lyrics, a psalm quoted from the Bible and a signature illustration by one of the artists (photography, in Myles's case). Troy offers an essay on how spirituals can help to heal, unite and inspire, while Gloria reminisces about the pivotal role this type of music has played, and still does play, in her family's life. Among the 22 selections are "Holy, Holy, Holy," "Go Down, Moses" and "Go, Tell It on the Mountain." A bonus CD of Gloria singing all the songs is included. All ages.
Reviewed on: 07/25/2005