'Tis the gift to be simple,
'tis the gift to be free,
'Tis the gift to come down
where we ought to be.
The Shaker hymn "Simple Gifts" has inspired many great artists, from Aaron Copland to Martha Graham. Its plain words seem as much a part of the American landscape as white church steeples, red barns, or Walden Pond. Chris Raschka's inspired art brings to children the true essence of this beloved poem about acceptance and sharing.
Author Biography: Chris Raschka has written and illustrated a number of widely praised picture books. Among them are Charlie Parker Played Be Bop, and Yo! Yes?, which was a Caldecott Honor Book in 1994. His work has been called dynamic, ebullient, and innovative. He lives with his wife and son in New York City.
|Publisher:||Open Road Media|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|File size:||31 MB|
|Note:||This product may take a few minutes to download.|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Chris Raschka won a Caldecott Honor for Yo! Yes?, and is also the illustrator of The Genie in the Jar by Nikki Giovanni. He lives with his wife and son in New York City.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It's the power of the melody and the message that make this book one of my favorites. We found it at the library, I sang it to my daughter, and the next time she heard 'Appalachian Spring' and identified it I knew I had to own it.