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In Every Tiny Grain of Sand: A Child's Book of Prayers and Praise

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O Lord, my God, I pray that these things never end: The sand and the sea, The rush of the waters, The crash of the heavens, The prayer of the heart.

Around the world and throughout time, people have spoken simple words that make them feel better when they are sad, brave when they are afraid, and befriended when they are alone -- or just pleased to be alive on God's earth.

Here, gathered together by Reeve Lindbergh, are treasured words from ...

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Overview

O Lord, my God, I pray that these things never end: The sand and the sea, The rush of the waters, The crash of the heavens, The prayer of the heart.

Around the world and throughout time, people have spoken simple words that make them feel better when they are sad, brave when they are afraid, and befriended when they are alone -- or just pleased to be alive on God's earth.

Here, gathered together by Reeve Lindbergh, are treasured words from many cultures and faiths, seventy-seven poems and prayers in all. With art fresh, bright, and warm by four contemporary artists from four different countries, In Every Tiny Grain of Sand is a diverse and beautiful collection of words and images, offering young children and families of all beliefs the gifts of deeply felt tradition, abiding comfort, and spiritual strength.

A collection of inspirational poems, prayers, and other writings grouped, "For the day, For the home, For the earth, and For the night."

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In a foreword to this life-affirming anthology, Lindbergh (Circle of Days) explains that the 77 selections here, gathered from spiritual traditions the world over, "were written in appreciation of nature, to to praise God, or to celebrate good things in our lives" or "when the writer needed strength, comfort or courage." As this personal interpretation of "prayers and praise" would suggest, the entries transcend denomination. Hildegard of Bingen, Albert Schweitzer, Walt Whitman and Lao-Tzu speak; extracts from the Vedas, the Talmud and the Bible share space with Baha'i prayers, Native American poems, Buddhist blessings and Japanese haiku. The range is so broad that some may wish the sources had been amplified--attributions like "Santal," "Dinka" and "Kyorai" will raise questions with most readers. The poems are grouped into four sections (Day, Home, Earth and Night), each illustrated by a different artist. It's an effective approach: the variety of illustrative styles underlines the diversity of the entries, and these four artists complement one another exceptionally well. Graham, assigned the Day section, offers fluid watercolor cartoons in a simple style that sets off his use of color; Davenier, given Earth, invigorates her watercolors with motion. In the Home section, Kleven's trademark collages are typically detailed yet harmonious, as inviting as her best work. Perhaps the biggest delight comes from Jeram, who renders Night in a style wholly unlike her Guess How Much I Love You. Her jewel-toned acrylics of animals in nocturnal landscapes have a depth and intensity that close the volume with rare drama. Ages 4-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
From The Critics
This timely volume presents prayers of thanksgiving and praise from many different cultures. Richly illustrated by four different artists, this collection can be used in many different ways. A helpful index of first lines is also included. A great idea for a religious occasion gift. 2000, Candlewick Press, $21.99. Ages 3 to 10. Reviewer: A. Braga SOURCE: Parent Council, September 2001 (Vol. 9, No. 1)
Children's Literature
This could become a keepsake book, challenging and comforting a child throughout many years of growing and changing. Its four sections--"For the Day, For the Home, For the Earth, and For the Night"--are each illustrated by a different artist from a different country. Still, there is a beautiful blending of the styles, which is neither divisive nor jarring, but rather melodious. Lindbergh has included several of her own thoughtful poems, but the vast majority is culled from countless sources, both religious and tribal. Some are eminently familiar, such as the 23rd and other Psalms and Anne Frank's oft-quoted observations. But many are apt to be previously unencountered, such as Mayan, Tu Fu, Papago and Black Elk writings that resonate with universal human longings, just as do those we may say in our daily life. For bedtime, quiet time, question time, anytime--make room for this book in your family's heart. 2000, Candlewick,
School Library Journal
Gr 1-5-A diverse collection of 77 poems and prayers, illustrated by four different artists. There are excerpts from Native American, Hindu, Jewish, Buddhist, Christian, African, and Baha'i prayers and meditations as well as offerings from individual poets. The selections are divided by theme into four sections. Bob Graham has illustrated the first part, "For the Day," with bright watercolor-and-ink cartoons that show youngsters enjoying a variety of outdoor activities. In "For the Home," Elisa Kleven's more detailed watercolor-and-collage paintings use lush colors to depict scenes of family life, providing glimpses of many different cultures. Christine Davenier's watercolors in pale shades create a contemplative mood for the selections presented in "For the Earth." In "For the Night," Anita Jeram uses vivid jewel tones to evoke a sense of quiet mystery in her textured acrylic paintings. Unlike some books of prayer that have an aura of holiness that might distance readers, this volume balances text and artwork to create an inviting and intimate atmosphere by touching on the everyday lives of children. This collection widens the concept of prayer; rather than asking personal favors from a higher being, prayer is seen to be all kinds of connections and celebrations within ourselves, with one another, with the world, and with the mysterious unknown.-Carolyn Jenks, First Parish Unitarian Church, Portland, ME Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763601768
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 77
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.23 (w) x 11.16 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Reeve Lindbergh
Christine Davenier, who lives in Paris, says she loved illustrating poems about mountains, the ocean, water, sand, flowers, and stones. "Now I want to move to the country," she says.
Bob Graham says he was drawn to illustrate IN EVERY TINY GRAIN OF SAND by "its generosity of spirit."
Anita Jeram especially enjoyed painting "all of those dark skies, stars, and the moon."
Elisa Kleven says she found the poems in "For the Home" in this anthology "deeply comforting."

Reeve Lindbergh says of IN EVERY TINY GRAIN OF SAND, "It is a joy to see familiar and beloved words from my own childhood come to life again for other children in the presence of such beautiful paintings by four remarkable artists."

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Table of Contents

For the Day 8
For the Home 26
For the Earth 42
For the Night 58
Index of first lines 74
Acknowledgments 76
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