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Synthia SAINT JAMES

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Category: 

Children

Publisher:  HARCOURT BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS ISBN-10:  0152018255 Type: 
Pages: 

32

Copyright:  Jan 1 1998
Fiction

SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCKS' YSAYE BARNWELL SONG ILLUSTRATED INTO PAINTINGS, COMES WITH CD OF SONG.

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There are no mirrors in my Nana's house... No mirrors to reflect the cracks in the wall, the clothes that don't fit, the trash in the hallway. No mirrors. But there is love. The beauty in this child's world is in her Nana's eyes. It's like the rising of the sun... CD of song enclosed.


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There were no mirrors in my Nana's house, no mirrors in my Nana's house. So the beauty that I saw in everything, the beauty in everything, was in her eyes, like the rising of the sun. There were no mirrors in my Nana's house, no mirrors in my Nana's house, so I never knew that my skin was too black, I never knew that my nose was too flat, 'Cause the beauty in everything was in her eyes, like the rising of the sun.



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Kirkus Reviews
Barnwell's reslendent, inspiring sentiments are a perfect read-aloud or sing-along, and readers will instantly warm to the joyous protagonist, taught by her Nana to celebrate life. And so Nana's house is magical; because it has no mirrors, there are no judgements about skin color, beauty, or poverty...The artwork is made of bright, bold colors and expressive figures; the grandmother soars above the child wearing crooked pants, a mountain of strength and love. Every scene embraces the exultations of the text; every page is an affectionate study in color, and an enhancement of Barnwell's words.

Etta's Choice
Have you danced with your little ones lately? Or learned a new song to sing with them? Even if you ahve, I recommend No Mirrors In My Nana's House. The syncopated rhythm of the acapella quintet Sweet Honey in the Rock makes it impossible to sit still as you listen to their lively rendition, and it lingers long after the performance is finished....Emphasizing the point of author....are the vibrant illustrations by Synthia Saint James. She has painted the characters without eyes as though they are blinded by love...

The Christian Science Monitor
The message of love in this piece is both simple and profound....Saint James provides dramatic, stylized illustrations.


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