A good prayer makes you think, and it may even make you laugh! These prayers have been collected from every corner of the world and though the words may differ from country to country, the same universal themes of love, forgiveness, and hope run through them all. There are prayers for night and day, graces for mealtimes, and blessings too. Beautiful illustrations help to make this a perfect first prayer book for young children.
Jeremy Brooks lives and works in London. He spent his childhood in Burundi, in Central Africa. He now serves as a priest in the Church of England and works with children in a number of local schools as well as in church each week.
Elena Gomez lives and works in Paris. Her previous books for children includeThrough the Heart of the Jungle, written by Jonathan Emmett (Hodder),The House that Jack Built(Scholastic Hippo), andElliot and the Big Waveby Frances McKay (Hodder).
AWARDS and RECOGNITIONS
Catholic Press Association,Book Awards - Children's Books category, Third Place (2007)
"An exquisite wave of universally expressed feelings wash across the pages of this gorgeously illustrated collection of prayers."
"Prayers can be solemn, of course, but this book makes prayer feel light as air. . . The artwork on the spaciously designed spreads is enchanting, capitalizing on the multiple nationalities evoked."
Publishers Weekly(starred review)
"This accessible anthology celebrates such common themes of prayer as love and gratitude, and also the diverse ways they are expressed."
School Library Journal
"Dreamlike, decorative paintings that reflect the various cultures greatly enhance the selections and emphasize the book's message of inclusiveness."
"Replete with morning prayers, nighttime prayers, mealtime prayers, and blessings that you yourself can bestow... . An exquisite collection of words of love for our world."
"The choices are short and appealing, including some that are humorous, as well as many that are touchingly simple and heartfelt."WashingtonParent
"The effect is as mysterious and beautiful as a dream. . . . A tender celebration of all cultures and faiths."
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