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In this small gem, childlike prayers and paintings for each day of the week illuminate an understanding of God as one who nurtures, teaches, protects, comforts and blesses children and their loved ones. The Newbery-winning author fashions simple rhymed verse that young readers may easily commit to memory: "Monday make me good and kind/ to all creatures that I find./ Help me love God's whole creation./ Make my life a celebration." As in other works Rylant has illustrated (Dog Heaven), the paintings here resemble children's artwork. Each is idealized: the girl petting the bunny under the apple tree, the boy flying his kite with his dog. Rylant's poignant renditions, with their warm, crayon-box colors, present a world safe for exploring, for pondering and for praying. Her work offers both a model for how to pray to God, and the assurance that God's love and grace provide the foundation on which all prayers begin. All ages. (Oct.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Little Simon Inspirations also reissues two backlist favorites in new puffy-covered board books with gilded edge pages: Give Me Grace: A Child's Daybook of Prayers by Cynthia Rylant and A Little Book of Poems & Prayers by Joan Walsh Anglund. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Monday make me good and kind to all creatures that I find. Help me love God's whole creation. Make my life a celebration." This poem marks the beginning of a charming week of poems for children. Each verse is accompanied by Rylant's vibrant and whimsical acrylic paintings that are sure to leave the reader with a sense of pure joy. Each poem would be a perfect time to share a few moments with a child and discuss gratitude, love, peace, and hope. Children will enjoy hearing these poems over and over and will soon commit them to memory. 2005 (orig. 1999), Little Simon/Simon and Schuster Books for Young Children, Ages 1 to 4.
PreS-Gr 1-Similar to Rylant's Bless Us All: A Child's Yearbook of Blessings (S & S, 1998), this vibrantly illustrated, appealing book contains one rhyming prayer for each day of the week. Each simply written verse has a different focus. "Monday make me/good and kind/to all creatures/that I find." Tuesday's prayer is for faith, caring, wisdom, and sharing. On Wednesday, "Give me gladness,/give me grace./Shine your love/upon my face." Concisely and sweetly, the author expresses a young child's joyous religious faith and outlines rules by which to live one's life. This title is suited for parents and children to share and would also be appropriate for Sunday-school classes to read and discuss. The colorful acrylic paintings, done in a primitive style, echo children's art and provides a perfect match for the innocence of the prayers.-Anne Parker, Milton Public Library, MA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Give Me Grace
By Cynthia Rylant
Simon & Schuster Copyright ©1999 Cynthia Rylant
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Wednesday make me full of light.
Guide my heart both day and night.
Give me gladness, give me grace.
Shine your love upon my face.
1999 by Cynthia Rylant
Saturday in early morn
make me thankful I was born.
Give my spirit peace within.
Let each day with hope begin.
1999 by Cynthia Rylant
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