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ONE GRAIN OF SAND by Pete Seeger


A Lullaby

by Pete Seeger & illustrated by Linda Wingerter

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-316-78140-1
Publisher: Little, Brown

Folksinger Seeger’s gentle lullaby, made up for his youngest daughter nearly 50 years ago, is brought to life in a different way by Wingerter’s rich and warm acrylics. Seeger offers a brief introduction and a few bars of music, while encouraging “readers and singers” to expand on the words or the tune. “One grain of sand in all the world. . . . One little boy, one little girl,” it begins, and Wingerter takes the entire world as her canvas. Misty blue hills with a boy and his donkey, a blonde girl with a Scandinavian stave church in the background, a small sailing ship on an emerald/turquoise sea near a lighthouse, all expand and reflect the simple lyrics, as in “One grain of sand, / One drop of water in the sea, / . . . One little you, one little me.” Human and animal parents in emotionally resonant settings (peering out of nighttime windows, tucking children into bed, a gallop of horses young and old racing in the rain) illuminate the simple lyrics beautifully, making a lovely bedtime read-aloud whether sung or spoken. (Picture book. 3-6)