We've Got the Whole World in our Hands adapted and illustrated by Rafael López.
We've Got the Whole World in our Hands/ Tenemos el Mundo entero en las Manos adapted and illustrated by Rafael López. unpgd. Orchard Books/ Scholastic Inc. October, 2018. 9781338177367 (English). 9781338299502 (Spanish). (Reviews of finished copies courtesy of publisher.)
I love decorated end-pages. I love it when artists find a way to connect their illustrations. I love yarn. It can entangle but it mostly knits together to form something beautiful. I also happen to love the spiritual, We've Got the Whole World in our Hands. It's short range matches mine and I could always manage to sing it at mass without embarrassing myself. It's a pleasant earworm to have and I've had it since reading these two delightful editions.
This book has it all, a gorgeous embossed cover, luscious end-pages and vibrant, joyful double-page spreads connected by an endless ball of variegated yarn. One cannot help but smile while reading the book. Actually, one should not read it. One should sing it - even with a pitiable voice as mine. It also possesses a cover dilemma:
What could make the book better? Why, a bilingual edition of course! Backmatter includes a note about the spiritual an illustrator note and the sheet music. Either or both of these books are a must-have for all kinds of libraries.