Edith Campbell

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The Stuff of Stars

While on a recent drive across the state, I was listening to National Public Radio's Here and Now as correspondent Robin Young consulted with her high school choir director, Ron Cohen, about the composition of Handel's Messiah. During the conversation, Mr. Cohen described the technique that Handel employed to illuminate...

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut

Crown, illustrated by Gordon C. James, is a fresh cut, indeed. It finally brings us a new book (and the first picture book) from Derrick Barnes, an author of both young adult books and early readers. The title of the book plays on the old adage that a woman’s hair...

Muddy

Well, of course a book about blues musician Muddy Waters is the size and shape of a record album! On this book cover, Muddy Waters is framed sitting beneath a 3D-textured script of his name, while surrounded by richly textured patterns resembling Malian bògòlanfini (mud cloth). Illustrator Evan Turk employs visual metaphors...

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