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A Prayer For Children
     

A Prayer For Children

by Ina Hughs, Chris Welch (Designed by)
 
Winner of "Child" magazine's 1995 Best Parenting Book Award, this loving celebration of the real lives of children features the poem that has captured the hearts of millions. This collection of prose pieces includes "A Prayer for Children", which was read aloud during UNICEF's World Summit for Children.

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Winner of "Child" magazine's 1995 Best Parenting Book Award, this loving celebration of the real lives of children features the poem that has captured the hearts of millions. This collection of prose pieces includes "A Prayer for Children", which was read aloud during UNICEF's World Summit for Children.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In a style resembling Erma Bombeck with a touch of Robert Fulghum, Knoxville News-Sentinel columnist Hughs begins these short essays about children with a prayer-like poem of the same title. The essays are a potpourri of the humorous, the nostalgic, the sweet (and sweetly sad) and sometimes the tragic. The children she writes of are her own, those of neighbors and friends, childhood playmates, a few luminary figures (Helen Keller) and children in general. Topics cover everything from ordering take-out from McDonald's (cleverly called McDarn-Its) to getting your ears tweaked by doting uncles to dying of leukemia. There are plenty of nuggets of wisdom here, too: In a letter to the parents of a teenager killed in a car wreck, she implored them not to blame themselves because ``unless we put kids on a leash, we can never control what happens... [life is] all a risk.'' A perfect Mother's Day gift. Author tour. (May)
Library Journal
A few years ago Hughes, a columnist for the Knoxville News-Sentinel, wrote a poem entitled "A Prayer for Children," which has been widely reprinted by Ann Landers, the Children's Defense Fund, and others. Using that poem as a springboard, these vignettes are a series of inspirational pieces designed to put a human face on the stories of children grappling with leukemia, with everyday problems, and with the complexities of adult-child relationships. The perspective is a gentle Christianity that rarely intrudes itself. These are sweet, sometimes funny, and well-written pieces. Recommended for appropriate collections.-Gail Wood, SUNY Coll. of Technology Lib., Alfred

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780684829937
Publisher:
Touchstone
Publication date:
03/11/1997
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
0.48(w) x 5.50(h) x 8.50(d)

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