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From A Distance [Hardcover]

Julie Gold
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10 Sep 1998
Taking as its base the well-known song by Ju lie Gold, this gift book contains an underlying message abou t the importance of peace in today''s war-ridden society. '

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books; 1st Edition edition (10 Sep 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860396372
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860396373
  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 25 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 964,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A picture book which relays in words and pictures the underlying message of the well-known song From a Distance, illustrated in full colour by Jane Ray.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous illustrations 21 Feb 2010
By Brian
A sad story of a township ripped apart by civil war. It has an upbeat ending, showing the happiness which comes with the return of peace, followed by reconstruction. It comes with a strong pacifist message. And Jane Ray's illustrations are breathtaking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One Copy Won't Be Enough! 24 Mar 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
You may think you're buying a copy of "From A Distance" for that special child in your life, or maybe for a loved one -- but I suggest, nay warn you ;-), that you better order an extra copy for yourself. This book is exquisite -- it's a journey of colors, words, images and of music that has become part of our collective consciousness!
Enjoy! ..Zoe
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautifully illustrated......a keeper..... 27 Feb 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I got all choked up as I read this to my five year old. The outstanding folk art illustrations along with the universal message of peace and harmony are extremely powerful together.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Hopeful 10 Nov 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
A lovely picture book with a song of hope for world unity. A beautiful gift for people you love.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful words and beautiful illustrations 14 Oct 1999
By Vickie Waitsman - Published on Amazon.com
I purchased this book in London. The words brought tears to my eyes and are magnificantly illustrated by Jane Ray. It is a treasure. Julie Gold is an artist, her words are like music. You can hear the song being sung as you read the words. Its up to you to determine who the singer is-- Bette Midler, Nanci Griffith, Patti LaBelle, the Byrds, Judy Collins or Cliff Richards.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a sign of the times 5 Oct 2007
By Sandy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This lovely book inspired by Julie Gold's song written to honor her feelings about the Vietnam war is especially poignant now as our soldiers and the soldiers of other countries fight and die. Acts of terrorism have made the world a small and scary place where many feel there is no hope.
How does anyone explain to a child why this is happening? It is impossible without hope. We cannot raise our children on an ideology of prejudice,hate and retribution. The hatred that has been passed from generation to generation to many of the people of the middle east is no different then the gang violence in our own streets being a consequence of failure to deal with social issues. This beautiful book deals with horrifying subject matter in a way that a child can understand without being terrified. Jane Ray's beautiful folk art illustrations perfectly bring life to the haunting lyrics of Gold's ballad. Children ARE aware of what is happening. Mommies and Daddies are going off to war and many are not coming back. Yet just a day ago at my grandson's kindergarten class, I saw little Americans of every race and creed playing together like angels. It is grownups who mess this up!

Not everyone will agree with this review. But I believe this book should be in every home and every classroom, as well as a recording by one of the artists who sang this lovely song. The bottom line is "from a distance ...God is watching us."
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