Thursday, October 30, 2008

Forever Young

This amazing book, illustrated by Paul Rogers and written by Bob Dylan, will change the way you view children's literature forever. The story is merely the lyrics from one of Bob Dylan's most famous songs, Forever Young, but the illustrations are really what transcend this book to greatness. With extreme attention to detail, Paul Rogers takes us to Bob Dylan's New York City of the 1960's. Everywhere we see changes. The music scene is undergoing a radical transformation. There is political unrest. Civil rights are making head-way. And throughout each of the paintings, we see snippets of people and places that helped to shape the American culture.

The illustrations are not merely incredibly beautiful, but help to tell the story. I found myself going back through the book and finding things I didn't catch the first time around. At the end of the book, Mr. Rogers talks about each of the pictures, what they mean, and gives little insights into the details. Of course he doesn't reveal everything - that would take away the fun!

With a beautiful, inspiring message, and lots of enchanting pictures, this is a book for children and parents to read and enjoy together. Please do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Forever Young for your family. *Dig yourself.* Happy reading!

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