Sterling Children's Books to Publish Bob Dylan's 'Man Gave Names to All the Animals'

Feb 01, 2010, 07:00 ET from Sterling Children's Books

NEW YORK, Feb. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Known worldwide for his powerful and timeless songs, Bob Dylan has been called "the uncontested poet laureate of the rock and roll era" by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Incorporating political, social, and literary influences, his music has inspired generations of artists.


This September, Sterling Children's Books will publish a picture book edition of Bob Dylan's classic song, Man Gave Names to All the Animals, which will include a CD with the original recording from his Slow Train Coming album. The vibrancy of Bob Dylan's lyrics inspired artist Jim Arnosky to create the book's detailed paintings.

"From the first time I heard it, the lyrics created pictures in my mind of a land of primeval beauty," said Jim. "I thought this vision would make a dream of a book, and I asked for Bob Dylan's permission to make this dream come true. Happily, he said yes."

Senior Editor Meredith Mundy notes, "Jim has outdone himself with the lush, detailed illustrations, and we couldn't be more delighted to have this opportunity to work with Bob Dylan."

Adds Frances Gilbert, VP, Publisher of Sterling Children's Books, "When we published the picture book of Puff, the Magic Dragon, which has sold a million copies, we realized how strongly folk songs resonate across generations. We're equally confident Bob Dylan's fans will enjoy sharing Man Gave Names to All the Animals with the children in their lives."

Bob Dylan's 46 albums have sold more than 110 million copies. His numerous awards include an Academy Award®, a Golden Globe, and eleven Grammys®. His 2009 album Together Through Life entered the number one slot in both the U.S. and the U.K.

Artist and naturalist Jim Arnosky has long admired Bob Dylan's work for its integrity and timelessness. Jim received a lifetime achievement award for Excellence in Science Illustration from the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Christopher Medal, among many other awards. Visit Jim at


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