He's Got the Whole World in His Hands

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Dial Books for Young Readers, 2005 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 175 pages
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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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User Review  - wichitafriendsschool - LibraryThing

The text is what began as a spiritual has developed into one of America’s best-known songs. The illustrations reflect diversity and a child's perspective of the world. This is a great book to read during early childhood worship. Read full review

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User Review  - npetzold - LibraryThing

This is a wonderfully illustrated take on the spiritual classic song, with city, school and community scenes reflecting a vibrant multicultural community. Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Kadir Nelson's award-winning books include Ellington Was Not a Street by Ntozake Shange, which won the Coretta Scott King Award and was an ALA Notable Children's Book; and Just the Two of Us by Will Smith, which received an NAACP Image Award. Mr. Nelson lives in San Diego, California, with his wife and two daughters.

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