Prayer seems to come more easily to children, who are not as hung-up on the formalities of talking with God as grownups can be. So goes the philosophy of Brooks, who here gathers children's prayers from around the globe. He arranges numerous entries into thematic sections such as "Mealtime Graces" and "Prayers for Nighttime," offering a brief introduction to each category. Throughout, Gomez's textured, mixed-media artwork introduces imagery from different countries and cultures, as well as such universally recognizable objects as fruit, bread, moon and stars. The stylized design often rolls the art across a spread, offering varying perspectives. A prayer from India about a hen protecting its chicks under its wings is accompanied by a memorable painting of a large white hen shielding two sleeping children, while bold red tail feathers depict Indian motifs. This accessible anthology celebrates such common themes of prayer as love and gratitude, and also the diverse ways they are expressed. All ages. (Jan.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
An exquisite wave of universally expressed feelings wash across the pages of this gorgeously illustrated collection of prayers, said and sung by a variety of peoples and cultures around the world. From the earliest simple mealtime graces to the most sweeping exhortations for safe journeys and protected slumbers, this aggregation of prayers is indeed universal in scope, including prayers from Holland, Japan, India, China, the United States, England, Africa, Israel, France, Scotland, Norway, Ireland, the Middle East, and Native Americans of North America. The art sweeps through the book with a sense of unity while displaying a variety of styles suited to the various cultures represented. Children will experience a glimpse of each of the country's individuality but will readily see that children everywhere pray about the same things and share concerns for the same things. People everywhere give thanks, ask for guidance, and praise the glory that is the earth upon which we all abide. My personal favorites include: "Dear Jesus, as a hen covers her chicks with her wings to keep them safe, protect us this dark night under your golden wings." (India) "The bread is warm and fresh, the water cool and clear. Lord of all life, be with us. Lord of all life, be near." (Nigeria) "The eagles give thanks for the mountains. The fish give thanks for the sea. We give thanks for our blessings and for what we're about to receive." (Native American) The illustrations really are suitable for framing—the original art must be stunning. 2006, Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, Ages all.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-A collection of 26 prayers assembled under the headings, "Prayers for the Morning," "Mealtime Graces," "Prayers for Nighttime," and "Blessings." A brief introduction and comments at the beginning of each chapter reflect on the place of prayer in our lives. Written in simple, easy-to-read language, the entreaties are recited by children in a variety of lands. From a prayer of thanksgiving, "Come, Lord Jesus, be our guest/And let these gifts to us be blessed" (Germany), to a request for strength and guidance (Israel), to "O God,/Help me never to judge another/Until I have walked two weeks in his moccasins" (Native American, Sioux), each selection addresses universal issues and emotions. Dreamlike, decorative paintings that reflect the various cultures greatly enhance the selections and emphasize the book's message of inclusiveness. Although such compilations as Lois Rock's My Very First Prayers (2003) and Rebecca Winter's Prayers for Children (2005, both Good Bks) are more comprehensive, this offering is a fine addition.-Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Twenty-six short, Christian prayers from around the world arranged into thematic sections focus on morning, mealtime graces, nighttime and blessings. Brooks selected the poems and provides short comments on each section and an introductory page that includes the Lord's Prayer in English and Chinese. The choices are short and appealing, including some that are humorous, as well as many that are touchingly simple and heartfelt. Many reflect diverse cultures, including Israel, India, several Asian and African countries and groups as well as Native Americans. Gomez reflects the global focus in striking illustrations incorporating multiethnic children and elements from cultures appropriate to each poem. She uses vibrant colors, lots of swirling motion and patterns in costumes and blankets that add greatly to the volume's appeal. Her cover design incorporates feathered angel wings, Asian fabric patterns and the dove of peace against a subtle blue background showing the continents of the world. (Nonfiction. 4-8)