Adapted and Illustrated by Christoper Canyon
This brilliant picture book adaptation of the first hit song of John Denver is all about roots, family, and country. Set in Appalachia, a humorously diverse bunch of relatives and their in-laws go up, down and around the hills of West Virginia to converge by car, pickup, and motorcycle to a family reunion at Grandma and Grandpas country home. True to Appalachian style, Canyon portrays it all as if on a quilt, complete with little stitches between the fabric.
"...Jaunty artwork with the busy color and texture of a patchwork quilt add to the listen-while-you-look fun." -- Publishers Weekly, October 10, 2005
"Canyon has outdone himself in his second pairing with a John Denver tune...A cast of wonderfully expressive characters..." --Kirkus Reviews, October 1, 2005
About the illustrator:
Christopher Canyon is the illustrator for several award winning picture books for children. His work has also appeared in many posters and national publications including "Natural History" Magazine. Although he produces a variety of work in many styles, he is most recognized by his highly detailed and colorful nature paintings. His work is true to life and yet has a magical quality that is well suited to children. Christopher received his formal art training at the Columbus College of Art & Design in central Ohio where he resides with his wife, Jeanette and their cat, Goppy. When Christopher isn't working in his studio he enjoys visiting schools, libraries, speaking at special events, and providing programs for children and adults.