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Amazing Graces
     

Amazing Graces

by June Cotner, Jan Palmer (Illustrator)
 

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Protect me, O Lord;
My boat is so small,
And your sea is so big.
—Author unknown
Ancient Breton prayer

Through this delightful collection of poems and prayers, children and their parents will find personal ways to draw closer to God—and to one another. Best-selling anthologist June Cotner has selected timeless

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Protect me, O Lord;
My boat is so small,
And your sea is so big.
—Author unknown
Ancient Breton prayer

Through this delightful collection of poems and prayers, children and their parents will find personal ways to draw closer to God—and to one another. Best-selling anthologist June Cotner has selected timeless verses by Robert Browning and Ralph Waldo Emerson, modern reflections from Madeleine L'Engle and Nikki Grimes, and endearing works by young poets. Jan Palmer's bright and beautifully detailed watercolors depict children everywhere—hard at play, and joyous in prayer.

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Publishers Weekly
With its gold jacket, small trim size (61/8"x71/2") and sentimental cover art of a cherubic blond boy slumbering with a spaniel, this anthology telegraphs its candidacy for gift-giving. Cotner (editor of adult compilations including Graces and Animal Blessings) assembles prayers and poems from across the centuries written by Christian and Jewish clergy, writers and poets of all ages, from the obscure to notables including Madeleine L'Engle, Robert Browning, Ogden Nash, Albert Schweitzer and Margaret Wise Brown. Poems written by children are interspersed with such favorites as the ancient Breton prayer: "Protect me, O Lord;/ My boat is so small,/ And your sea is so big." Palmer (illustrator of the My First Raggedy Ann and Andy series) favors frontal compositions with Rockwellian overtones: rosy-cheeked children in red boots splash in the rain; a docile boy and girl bow their heads as they sit before food laid upon a child-size table; a woman proudly poses with the pie she's made. Some may feel the pictures border on the saccharine (an illustration of kids sliding down a rainbow, for example, flattens the robust poem it accompanies, Eve Merriam's "Giving Thanks Giving Thanks"), while others may find the nostalgic imagery a fitting tribute to childhood innocence. All ages. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Cotner has selected poems from poets of considerable fame�E. E. Cummings, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Eleanor Farjeon. In addition, there are poems and prayers that have been handed down for years and brand new ones created by kids ranging in ages from 5 to 11. They are warm, touching and expressive of the thoughts, fears, joys and thanks that people want to send to God. The book is not religiously specific, but its appeal will be more to those of the Judaic and Christian faiths. The poems from the kids are particularly touching�one asks for help for those who do not have enough to eat, another asks that her hamster be happy and requests support to help her take better care of her pet. Another prays for good sportsmanship and that the losing team not be grouchy. Each page is filled with watercolor illustrations that exude a quiet calm, a multicultural cast of kids and contemporary settings. 2001, HarperCollins,
— Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 4-This mixture of 43 simple, nondenominational, well-chosen prayers and poems includes both perennial favorites such as Robert Browning's "Song" from Pippa Passes and Eleanor Farjeon's "Morning Has Broken," as well as a wealth of newer materials specifically directed to children. The short selections are divided into four categories: morning, mealtime, bedtime, and anytime. Predominating are prayers of thanksgiving for grand things such as Nature's beauties and bounties and homey things such as peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches, apple pie, and birthday parties. There are also intercessory prayers on topics such as world hunger, new friends, and good sportsmanship. Cheerful watercolor illustrations in a variety of shapes and sizes show idealized, sweet-faced children engaged in daily activities. An introduction with suggestions for usage and a title index are included. Although there are many fine older prayer collections, this one will be a valuable addition because of its fresh material.-Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688155674
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/28/2001
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
6.52(w) x 7.78(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range:
10 Years

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