Can I Pray with My Eyes Open?

Can I Pray with My Eyes Open?

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by Susan Brown, Garin Baker
     
 

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In rhyming text, a child wonders how, when and where is the perfect way to say a prayer and realizes that there is no wrong time or place.  See more details below

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In rhyming text, a child wonders how, when and where is the perfect way to say a prayer and realizes that there is no wrong time or place.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
How does one say a perfect prayer? A young girl ponders this question while engaging in the summertime activities of her rural hometown, her thoughts developing into a prayer that, while occasionally awkward grammatically, is perfect in its directness and simplicity: "If I'm skipping rope or playing ball,/ or walking backward down the hall,/ When building castles on the beach,/ will You still be within my reach?" Baker's warm, vibrant oil paintings blend an almost photographic quality with impressionistic details. The people, the grass, the water, the trees are all energized and moving, the activity of the compositions reflecting the activity within the girl's mind. Together the art and text convey the deep yearning of the child to speak to God during all the moments of the day (at dinner with family, swimming in the creek, climbing a tree, playing soccer) and in all her moods (curious, adventurous, angry, hurt); she is seen with friends, family and by herself. Just as the message is nondenominational, the characters transcend questions of ethnicity: the girl is brown-skinned; her family and friends are multiracial. The final stanza awkwardly reverts from direct prayer to explanation, but the discrepancy is a mild flaw in a lovely book. For readers too young for Grandad's Prayers of the Earth (reviewed below), this is an excellent introduction to the same themes. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal - Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-In simple and perceptive verse, a child asks God if prayers made during all of her various activities will be heard. The answer is that they will; that no time or place is ever wrong for prayer. Realistic oil paintings in rich colors beautifully illustrate the rhyming text. They show a pretty African-American girl swimming in a gleaming brook, climbing high in a gnarled tree, flying a red kite, quarreling with her brother, feeling angry, Rollerblading, playing soccer, building sand castles at the beach, perching on the monkey bars, and gazing out the car window. Pictures with different perspectives and in a variety of sizes add further interest.-Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786822737
Publisher:
Hyperion Books for Children
Publication date:
10/28/1999
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.04(w) x 10.98(h) x 0.33(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Can I Pray with My Eyes Open? 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Susan Taylor Brown and Garin Baker have teamed up to create a child-friendly and meaningful book about prayer and one young child¿s quest for the ¿rules¿ that govern it. In simple, effective rhyming text, the narrator of this lyrical picture book relates her search for answers. She finds, in fact, that there is no wrong place, time, or mood in which to pray. Baker¿s beautiful oil illustrations extend and enhance Brown¿s appealing text. Baker¿s own family and his old stone house in the Hudson River Valley served as the models for the paintings in this lovely nondenominational religion book for children. Beautifully designed and rendered, this book will find a welcome place in many home and library collections of children¿s religion books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Susan Taylor Brown and Garin Baker have teamed up to create a child-friendly and meaningful book about prayer and one young child¿s quest for the ¿rules¿ that govern it. In simple, effective rhyming text, the narrator of this lyrical picture book relates her search for answers. She finds, in fact, that there is no wrong place, time, or mood in which to pray. Baker¿s beautiful oil illustrations extend and enhance Brown¿s appealing text. Baker¿s own family and his old stone house in the Hudson River Valley served as the models for the paintings in this lovely nondenominational religion book for children. Beautifully designed and rendered, this book will find a welcome place in many home and library collections of children¿s religion books.