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Blowin' in the Wind: Book & Audio (1 CD, performed by Bob Dylan)

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  • Blowin' in the Wind: Book & Audio (1 CD, performed by Bob Dylan) 
    Title: Blowin' in the Wind: Book & Audio (1 CD, performed by Bob Dylan)
    Author: DYLAN BOB
    Illustrator: MUTH JON J (ILL)
    Format: HARDCOVER
    Publication date: 01/11/2011
    Imprint: STERLING
    Price: $14.95
    Publishing status: Active

    With words by one of the most admired songwriters of all time and illustrations by a Caldecott Honor medalist, this powerful and timely picture book will be treasured by adults and children alike. Dylan's poetic lyrics defined an era, and Muth is the perfect artist to interpret this iconic song for a new generation of readers. This beautiful edition includes a CD of Dylan's original 1963 recording, plus a special note by renowned music columnist Greil Marcus, putting the song in historical context.

    Publishers Weekly (10/24/2011):
    Dylans most famous song (the original 1963 recording is included on a CD) gets a lavish but conceptually muddled treatment from Muth (Zen Shorts). In a series of full-bleed watercolor landscapes that accompany Dylans lyrics, Muth imagines a group of children embarking on a journey, with a mysterious paper airplane acting as their lodestar. Arriving by boat at the wall of a city, dark-skinned figures dressed in white drop a guitar down to them. Although the guitar later breaks, the children reach a happy conclusion; theyre last seen frolicking on a hilltop overlooking the ocean, where an abandoned cannon, covered with the flags of several nations, sits as a reminder of the folly of conflict. The target audience can handle ambiguity and multiple levels of meaning, but Muths gorgeous washes of colors, solemn figures, and enigmatic symbols probably wont help children think more deeply about the song and its meaning. Moreover, the pictures lack the tension of Dylans lyricshow the need for transformation and justice must continually struggle against individual inertia and the pull of the status quo. Ages 58. (Dec.) Copyright 2011 Reed Business Information.

    Kirkus Reviews (11/15/2011):
    Dylan's lyrics succeed here better than many other songs that find their way to picture books. Bucking the usual dismal results when popular songs are forced into an illustrated format, this one makes a brave go--though children will likely be less drawn to it than their parents and grandparents. Paired to Dylan's often-abstract 1963 lyrics--which, as music scholar Greil Marcus notes in a perceptive tribute as an afterword, can be either "hopeful" or "full of doubt," depending on how they are sung--Muth's (Zen Shorts, 2005; City Dog, Country Frog, 2010) full-spread, Impressionistic watercolors are equally open to interpretation. They place a cast of introspective young children with eyes cast down or to the side near roads and on rolling grassy hills, in a misty wood or floating in a small boat past a prison wall and a mountain of ice. Adding paper airplanes, a bright red balloon, a guitar, a cannon shrouded in national flags (topped by those of the Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China) and other openly metaphorical details, the artist creates an airy, expansive setting for the spare words that positively compels pensive contemplation. Big questions, posed with majestic simplicity--and packaged with a CD of the original track. (artist's afterword). (Picture book. 8-10, adult)(COPYRIGHT (2011) KIRKUS REVIEWS/NIELSEN BUSINESS MEDIA, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.)

    Booklist (12/01/2011):
    Grades K-3 The evocative lyrics of Dylan's classic have been blowing in the wind for almost 50 years. Now comes a picture book that illustrates the song. Muth has set a difficult task for himself, that of making the message about universal rights relevant to a young audience. He remembers in an endnote how he first heard the song as a 12-year-old listening to a transistor radio. He wanted to find a visual element that children could follow through the story and chose a paper airplane. Here, in soft watercolor spreads, children, individually and in small groups, follow the airplane across fields and seas, seeing ice floes melt and people behind a wall. A red balloon and a guitar are other images that repeatedly appear. The final spread shows children playing, while behind them a cannon is sheathed in the flags of several countries. The intended age group may not understand all the specifics, but they will be moved by the feelings engendered by the words. An accompanying CD provides the opportunity to hear Dylan's original.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2011, American Library Association.)

    ISBN: 9781402780028
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