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BLOWIN’ IN THE WIND – Lyrics by Bob Dylan

9781402780028_p0_v1_s192x300Yes, this is the song from the 1960s, sung by Bob Dylan…recalling to mind the Civil Rights Movement, anti-war protests/Vietnam War,  universal questions about freedom, justice, peace and war — far more than a protest song.

The original 1963 recording is on the CD that is included with this book.

The lyrics are embedded on each page with beautiful watercolors by Jon J. Muth depicting children playing together, children of all skin colors, of all nationalities.

The song asks questions of a changing world, yet injustice still occurs in ways that may or may not be different from 1963.  War, peace, hatred, natural disasters, destruction of some of the beauty in the natural world continue to this day.  The questions asked in 1963 are still able to be asked today.  The song has hope along with sorrow.  The song is filled with power for humanity to care…about the world in which they live, about the people all around.  We, yes, we, must be open to all that is around us or nothing changes.

A white paper airplane sails across each page in the book.  You can see it on the cover (pictured above) at the boy’s left hand.  I see that as the connection between all people and all God’s world…that little something that is blowin’ in the wind.

How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man?
Yes, ‘n’ how many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes, ‘n’ how many times must the cannon balls fly
Before they’re forever banned?

The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind

How many years can a mountain exist
Before it’s washed to the sea?
Yes, ‘n’ how many years can some people exist
Before they’re allowed to be free?
Yes, ‘n’ how many times can a man turn his head
Pretending he just doesn’t see?

The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind

How many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky?
Yes, ‘n’ how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, ‘n’ how many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died?

The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind

Reading Level:  5 – 8 Years

Author

Bob Dylan was born Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24, 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota, United States.  He attended the university of Minnesota in the late 1950s and began playing for an audience in 1959.  In 1962, he legally changed his name to Bob Dylan, being influenced by the poetry of Dylan Thomas.

Much of his best known work is from the 1960s when anti-war and civil rights made up most of the American unrest then. Songs, such as “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are A-Changin,” became anthems of this period with Joan Baez and Dylan singing together at the March on Washington in 1963.

His style changed over the years when songs such as “Like a Rolling Stone,” released in July of 1965, later being named “The Greatest Song of All Time” by Rolling Stone magazine in 2004.

Bob Dylan continues to tour the world and sings with many other singers of accomplishment.  Bob Dylan is well known for his singing, but his finest accomplishment in the music world is his songwriting.

His website is http://www.bobdylan.com/us/home  and this book is listed within that site @ http://www.bobdylan.com/us/books/blowin-wind

Illustrator

Jon J. Muth grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Drawing was his way to make “things exist which didn’t exist.”  He painted.  And he wrote which “became a way to have my drawings interact.”   His mother was an art teacher so visiting museums all over the United States was an ordinary thing they did.  Jon studied painting, drawing and printmaking in several schools in the United States and in Europe.

Jon J Muth’s children’s books have received numerous awards and critical acclaim. He has illustrated for others as well as writing and illustrating the whole book himself.  One book that I have reviewed here is A Family of Poems, a collection of poetry which Muth illustrated for Caroline Kennedy.

He lives with his family in upstate New York with his wife, a son and a daughter.

He and much of his work can be found @ http://jonjmuth.com/muth.html

You can go to this gallery to see Jon’s work.  Click on this book to see some of the watercolors that are a part of “Blowin’ in the Wind” —   http://www.rmichelson.com/illustration/jon-j-muth/

Book Information:

ISBN-13: 9781402780028
Publisher:  Sterling Children’s Books
Publication date: 11/01/2011
Pages: 28
Product dimensions: 11.80(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.20(d)

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Lyrics:  MetroLyrics

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10 thoughts on “BLOWIN’ IN THE WIND – Lyrics by Bob Dylan

  1. Hello Linda…thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such a lovely comment. I’m especially happy because now I have discovered you and your beautiful blogs! I’m following both. 😉
    And Bob Dylan is one of my all-time favorites…as a poet and as a singer. I was not aware of this book…it looks like one that I will have to get a copy of.

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  2. I had not heard of this book.The cover art is beautiful and I enjoy that song. I may have to add this book to my ever growing library. Thanks for the review. I hopped over from the Kid Lit Blog Hop.

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