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Blowin' in the Wind (Hardcover, 2011) Baby to Pre-K 3/16/2012
smmorris said: 4.5stars How many times must a man look up Before he can see the sky? The answer, my friend, Is blowin’ in the wind The answer is blowin’ in the wind. Bob Dylan’s iconic song, Blowin’ in the Wind, comprises the text for a beautiful children’s book by artist John J. Muth. Muth has taken the lyrics of Dylan’s song and matched verses to his paintings. All of the pages have a soft outdoor scene consisting of pale shades of blue, green, gray, and white. Each spread has at least one child holding either a red balloon or a red ball, while following a white paper airplane that continually soars through the air, always leading the children on their journey, never touching down. One young boy with a red ball joins another child. Two children drifting down a river, with a red balloon, pick up the first two kids in the next spread, all still follow the white plane airplane. These kinds of scenes continue to the end of the book, until only the paper plane flies further and further away. I was a young kid in 1963 when Bob Dylan hit big with his song Blowin’ in the Wind. I was not yet in kindergarten. Still, I remember this song from my older sisters playing it in our shared bedroom. I believe it turned into a political anthem at one point, possibly for the Vietnam War. In Jon J. Muth’s book, the song, transformed once more, takes four kids on a journey which ends vaguely, leaving the meaning totally up to each reader. It is a solemn journey, one shared in peace, harmony, and a caring for others. The story has patience, friendship, cooperation, and a journey that encompasses all of this and probably a lot more. I think this is one of those rare books where each reader finds his own meaning on the pages. It can be any story you desire. Parents and children can have a different tale each day. Baby Boomer grandparents who grew up with this song, and have varied reasons for enjoying it, can use the book as a springboard for those moments they want to pass down a generation. If nothing more, Blowin’ in the Wind is a nice diversion, sort of like a walk in the park on a cool evening. Blowin’ in the Wind is one book I would love to keep. It has a soothing quality in its pages that I noticed before anything else. Whether kids will like this one remains to be seen. I think parents will enjoy this book more, especially those who came of age during the 1960’s. I am exactly not sure what Jon J. Muth is trying to say, if he is trying to say anything, yet I enjoyed it. The pages are a nice diversion from the hectic pace of the day. In the end, the white airplane soars away
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