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He's Got the Whole World in His Hands

by Kadir Nelson

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This is a wonderfully illustrated take on the spiritual classic song, with city, school and community scenes reflecting a vibrant multicultural community.
  npetzold | Dec 9, 2015 |
They took the song, he's got the whole world in his hands and made it into a book with great pictures. One problem I could see about reading this book out loud to a class room at a public school would be, what if they start talking about God. Saying that he has everything in his hands including the whole world. This is the message the book is trying to get at. Saying that God has the whole world in his hands.
  Rsantoyo13 | Feb 3, 2015 |
In my opinion, this was a great, interactive text. Kadir Nelson does a great job of incorporating music and a popular native song into his novel while also expressing means of multiculturalism. His illustrations span across both pages and are very vivid and colorful. The language follows after the popular song we all know and is clear and convoluted, when read. The text is large enough for easy reading. The characters are all of different color, which make this book a great read for all. There is no point of view in the book because it is a sing along with pictures. However, the illustrations do a great job of telling a story based on the lyrics that correspond to that page. This book pushes readers to think about the importance of our world and the different people that live in it. As well as the pictures and the text, there is an interactive sing along placed in the back of the book, which allows kids to take the book home and sing to their family. It also allows them to recognize repeating patterns such as "He's got the whole world in his hands." Recognizing these patterns can help decode harder words and work on fluency skills. Something so vital in their early years of development. Overall, this piece of literature focuses on the importance of multiculturalism and touches on sing along and interactive role play. ( )
  eoertl1 | Oct 14, 2014 |
The familiar song beautifully illustrated with African American children.
  JudesThree | Apr 14, 2013 |
A wonderful picture book of a well-loved spiritual.
  SABC | Apr 28, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0803728506, Hardcover)

What began as a spiritual has developed into one of America’s best-known songs, and now for the first time it appears as a picture book, masterfully created by award-winning artist Kadir Nelson.Through sublime landscapes and warm images of a boy and his family, Kadir has created a dazzling, intimate interpretation, one that rejoices in the connectedness of people and nature.

Inspired by the song’s simple message, Kadir sought to capture the joy of living in and engaging with the world. Most importantly, he wished to portray the world as a child might see it—vast and beautiful.

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A picture-book interpretation of one of America's best-known songs, focusing on landscapes and images of a boy and his family. Includes printed melody-line and all four verses.

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