February 18, 2008

Book Review: Whole World

world 1.jpg Whole World by Christopher Corr and Fred Penner is a new children's book based upon the gospel spiritual originally sung by African American pianist and composer Margaret Bonds (1913-1972). You probably sang this song in childhood, chanting aloud, "She's got the sun and the moon in her hands...She's got the whole world in her hands!" Carr and Penner's version of this classic song, that embraces the world as a whole, ends with an environmental message. Readers are given brief descriptions of the geography of the different areas featured in the verses of the song, followed by some "Ways to Reduce Global Warming":
Eat less meat. Forests of trees that reduce carbon dioxide in the air are cut down to make way for cows that will be used for food.
The artwork is delightful in Whole World, and it comes with an audio cd. One track on the cd includes vocals of "Whole World", and another is a dub version for your sing along enjoyment. Personally, I have heard better versions of the song than on the cd; however, I do enjoy children's books based on songs, especially if there is a green message! Oh yea, Whole World is printed on "ancient-forest friendly" paper, and 10 percent of net sales go to conservation organizations!

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Posted by Jennifer Lance at February 18, 2008 5:53 AM

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