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Bless the Beasts: Children's Prayers and Poems About Animals
     

Bless the Beasts: Children's Prayers and Poems About Animals

by June Cotner, Kris Waldherr (Illustrator)
 

Children love animals, their connection with animals fosters respect for creation and humanity. These inspirational prayers and poems offer graceful words of personal observation, joy, and concern about their favorite creatures, from the cuddliest pets to the wildest beasts.

Filled with over 30 lavishly illustrated reflections to suit any mood, this interfaith

Overview

Children love animals, their connection with animals fosters respect for creation and humanity. These inspirational prayers and poems offer graceful words of personal observation, joy, and concern about their favorite creatures, from the cuddliest pets to the wildest beasts.

Filled with over 30 lavishly illustrated reflections to suit any mood, this interfaith collection includes thoughtful, funny, and profound poems and prayers by such beloved writers as Carl Sandburg, Robert Louis Stevenson, Jane Yolen, and Rudyard Kipling—along with fresh offerings from newer poets and a sprinkling of heartfelt prayers written by children themselves. Together they provide an accessible door to a childs spiritual life and development of compassionate values.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
As the subtitle states, this is a collection of children's prayers and poems about animals. Not all of the selections are by kids. Many of them came from well-known poets such as Christina Rossetti, Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Victor Hugo and Carl Sandburg. The amazing parts of the book are the beautiful and thoughtful entries from kids ranging in age from 8 to 12. "Everybody Has a Heart" by 8 year-old Samantha Jorgensen, and "If I were a Blue Whale" by Nicholas Spanoudis are quite touching. The artwork is almost over the top. Each page is bordered and each section has a different style that shows a progression through the seasons. Pictures range from delicate spreads in pastel colors to deeper colored scenes as it changes to fall and winter. Teachers in religious settings may find this very useful to stimulate discussion and learning about the world and also appropriate for those homes where there is some emphasis on prayer. 2002, SeaStar,
— Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-This well-intentioned effort suffers from an uneven selection of material. A wide range of poets is represented, from Carl Sandburg to Rebecca Kai Dotlich (whose "Dragonfly," "-with wings that you/could whisper through," is quite lovely). Unfortunately, though, some of the writing doesn't work as well (in Deena Rae McClure's "Barnyard Praise," for instance, the rhythmic flow and strong language of good poetry just isn't there: "The rooster crows, the hens "Cluck! Cluck!"/It's time to go to the chicken hut"). A few poems by children are included. The overall sentiment is nondenominational, emphasizing gratitude, respect, and wonder. The sweet illustrations are done in soft colors, but do not show much genuine emotion or substance. If your library has a large market for inspirational materials, consider this title. Otherwise, stick with some of the excellent collections already available, such as Reeve Lindbergh's In Every Tiny Grain of Sand: A Child's Book of Prayers and Praise (Candlewick, 2000), which includes several verses about animals.-Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781587171765
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
09/01/2002
Edition description:
REINFORCED
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
1.00(w) x 1.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
1 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

June Cotner is the best-selling anthologist of Graces and Bedside Prayers, as well as many other collections of prayers and poems. Her first book for children was Amazing Graces: Prayers and Poems for Children. She lives in Poulsbo, Washington.

Kris Waldherr has also illustrated Sacred Animals and The Book of Goddesses. Her children's books include Rapunzel and Harvest. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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