The first childrens picture book version of a beloved hymn is innovative and irresistible. Tis the gift to be simple, tis the gift to be free, Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be. The Shaker hymn Simple Gifts has inspired many great artists, from Aaron Copland to Martha Graham.
Its plain words seem as much a part of the American landscape as white church steeples, red barns, or Walden Pond. Chris Raschkas inspired art brings to children the true essence of this beloved poem about acceptance and sharing. Author Biography Chris Raschka has written and illustrated a number of widely praised picture books.
Among them are Charlie Parker Played Be Bop, and Yo! Yes?, which was a Caldecott Honor Book in 1994. His work has been called dynamic, ebullient, and innovative.
He lives with his wife and son in New York City.