Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)
Published: November 5, 2013
Publisher: Atheneum Books For Young Readers
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1481409921
ISBN - 13: 9781481409926
From the Publisher
Ashley Bryan says, "I have subtitled this collection A Child's
First Book of African-American Spirituals. It could really be
called Spirituals for the Young and ALL! And so it could
be, for the songs it presents can be enjoyed by people of every age
and every level of musical skill.
Mr. Bryan goes on to say, "Wherever I travel, people sing these
songs. Often they do not know that they are singing spirituals.
They associate them with their churches, schools, camps, or clubs
and are surprised when told that they are singing spirituals.
"Almost a thousand of these songs have been collected since the end
of the Civil War. They are unique in the song literature of the
world and are considered America's most distinctive contribution to
Of the thousand African-American spirituals that are known, Mr.
Bryan has here chosen twenty, among them some of the best known and
best loved, including the title song, "All Night, All Day," and
such others as "This Little Light of Mine,""When the Saints Go
Marching In," and "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands." For
each, David Manning Thomas has created an interesting piano
accompaniment in support of the melody and has indicated guitar
chords. Best of all, full-color pictures capture the spirit and
essence of many of the songs to make this a book that can both be
used as a fine songbook and treasured for its beauty; for the
warmth, liveliness, and inspirational depth of its illustrations.