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Turn! turn! turn! (to everything there is a season) : words from the book of Ecclesiastes
Seeger, Pete, 1919-2014.
Personal Author:
Limited edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Sony Music Entertainment, [2003]

Physical Description:
1 audio disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 book (1 volumes (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 31 cm)
A song, based on Bible verses, which proclaims that there is a season for everything, as well as the original music by Pete Seeger, The Byrds' version of the tune, and notes by Seeger about writing the song.
General Note:
Accompanying book: Turn! turn! turn! : words from Ecclesiastes circa 250 B.C., translated into English in London in 1607 / arranged and adapted with music by Pete Seeger ; illustrated by Wendy Anderson Halperin.

Compact disc.
Turn, turn, turn / performed by Pete Seeger -- Turn, turn, turn / performed by the Byrds.
Added Corporate Author:
Added Title:
Turn! turn! turn! : words from Ecclesiastes circa 250 B.C., translated into English in London in 1607.
Format :
Music CD


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To ev'rythingthere is a seasonand a timefor ev'ry purposeunder heaven. For thousands of years Ecclesiastes' beautiful words have inspired and given solace to people all over the world.Pete Seeger was so moved by these words that he set the psalm to music and added a refrain and a line of his own. "Turn! Turn! Turn!" was recorded in 1962 by the Byrds. You can still hear the song on the radio today -- more than forty years later.Now Wendy Anderson Halperin lends her talent and artistic vision to the famous song, creating a book like no other. Wendy's art invites you to turn, turn, turn the pages and investigate all the different ways people live and laugh, love and mourn, and the ways in which war and peace affect humanity.It's your turn now, to read the words of Ecclesiastes, listen to Pete Seeger's music, gaze at Wendy Anderson Halperin's illustrations, and contemplate what being human is all about.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

K- Gr. 3. The words come from Ecclesiastes, the music from Pete Seeger, and Halperin provides distinctive artwork that truly fits the text. Halperin emphasizes the universality of the words in the book's design: a circle takes up most of each two-page spread; inside the circle are pictures of various shapes and sizes that illustrate the phrase printed on the side of the page. A time to be born, in a half circle on the left, includes insets picturing an Asian mother playing with her baby; a father throwing his diapered son in the air; and, in a tiny square, a chick popping out of an egg. Some of the sentiments were more challenging to illustrate. A time of hate, for instance, shows a child's foot kicking a dog, a swastika, and a mob. More inexplicably, there is also a picture of a bemused child with a gun and another showing two bucks locking horns, neither of which exactly says hatred. Still, as kids inevitably turn the book around to see the art, they will find a lot to make them think. A CD of Seeger's song is enclosed. For another very different version of the text, pull out To Everything There Is a Season (1999), illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon. --Ilene Cooper Copyright 2003 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

An illustration of the earth (before the title page) serves as backdrop to the complete text of the King James version of the titular passage, with Seeger's refrain ("Turn! Turn! Turn") encircling the globe. On the first page, the opening lines ("To everything turn, turn, turn there is a season turn, turn, turn/ and a time for every purpose under heaven") form a circular frame around an open door, through which readers view a grassy plain. Each spread that follows features a giant circle divided in half along the center crease, and arranged in a way that encourages readers to literally turn the book; pictures on the left illustrate the first half of the phrase ("a time to plant"), on the right, the second ("a time to reap"). Each semicircle contains numerous smaller illustrations that correspond to a mirror image. For example, a squirrel buries a nut in summer, then finds it in winter; a woman writes a manuscript, then signs copies of her finished book. Some of the images are disturbing (for "a time of hate," someone kicks a dog, and a boy holds a gun), but Halperin (The Secret Remedy Book) balances these with enough humor and childlike vignettes elsewhere to keep youngsters engaged (for "a time to build up/ a time to break down," bookend paintings show children building a snowman and, the snowman after it has melted). A compact disc containing both Seeger's original song and The Byrds' rendition (tucked into a pocket on the back cover) complements the circle motif. This attractive volume provides a lovely introduction to a timeless verse and a beloved song for a new generation of children, and invites deeper consideration for those already familiar with both. All ages. (Sept) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-5-This rich and thoughtful book uses beautifully detailed artwork to bring new life to a familiar song. On the first page, the verse is printed on an illustration of the Earth with the repeated word "Turn!" encircling it. The focus of each of the following spreads is a large circle filled with small pictures. The verses are set along the edges, with contrasting ideas on either side ("a time to be born" on the left, "a time to die" on the right). Done in watercolor and ink, each of the round illustrations creates a cohesive whole, while its many sections tell small stories and reveal truths. The gutter divides each wheel in two, delineating between the opposing ideas of the verses. The tiny, detailed drawings fan out in all directions, forcing readers to turn the book around to view them. Some spreads are more dramatic than others: "a time of war" is illustrated with stark reds and grays, jagged lines, and images of sad children behind barbed wire and warriors in action. The illustration for "a time of peace" has rounded lines and brighter colors, and shows youngsters of all races holding hands and people enjoying quiet moments. Many details will beg for discussion, like the image of a hooded figure throwing stones at two retreating individuals. Accompanied by a CD with versions of the song by Seeger and the Byrds, this is a book for all collections.-Jane Marino, Bronxville Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.