No One But Youby Douglas Wood, P.J. Lynch (Illustrator)
Feel the rain kiss your skin or the wind ruffle your hair. Hear the hum of a bumblebee; watch a water strider march across a pond; taste a red, ripe strawberry; whistle with a blade of grass. From Christopher Medal/b>
The creators of Grandad’s Prayers of the Earth return with a look at how each person’s experiences in the world are gloriously unique.
Feel the rain kiss your skin or the wind ruffle your hair. Hear the hum of a bumblebee; watch a water strider march across a pond; taste a red, ripe strawberry; whistle with a blade of grass. From Christopher Medal-winning author Douglas Wood and celebrated illustrator P.J. Lynch comes a moving look at the experiences that belong only to us, marking a place on Earth that is ours alone. After all, who but you can remember your own memories? Wonderfully evocative of nature’s sensory treasures, here is a perfect gift to share with a child - or to inspire loved ones of any age as they set out to create their special place in the world.
Wood and Lynch pair once more (Grandad's Prayers of the Earth, 1999) to celebrate the simple joys of individual moments.
Every action, whether it be smelling the earth after a rain shower or savoring the first bite of a red, ripe strawberry, is unique and personal. "There are so many things in the world, / so many important things / to be taught, / to be shown" Wood imparts, "But the best things... / No one can discover them but you." Children strive to find a place in the world where they feel significant. Allowing them to own these moments, and cherish them, is an important step, and Wood's articulation of this truth should strike chords of recognition in both children and adults. Lynch's softly smudged oil paintings, drenched in sun- and moonlight, match the gentle flow of this sensory walk through nature. City-dwellers may not have experienced all of these specific actions, but they should feel encouraged to come up with a list of their own.
A touching and genuine exhortation that just teeters on the edge of sentimentality but is lifted by a strong purpose: Self-discovery can be found in the most surprisingly simple of moments. (Picture book. 6 & up)
- Candlewick Press
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- 9.90(w) x 11.50(h) x 0.40(d)
- Age Range:
- 6 - 9 Years
Meet the Author
Douglas Wood is the author of Grandad’s Prayers of the Earth, illustrated by P.J. Lynch and winner of a Christopher Medal. He is also the author of Miss Little’s Gift, illustrated Jim Burke; Aunt Mary’s Rose, illustrated by LeUyen Pham; and the best-selling book Old Turtle. He lives in Sartelle, Minnesota.
P.J. Lynch is the acclaimed illustrator of many beloved books, including
Douglas Wood’s Grandad’s Prayers of the Earth. He won the Kate Greenaway Medal twice, for When Jessie Came Across the Sea by Amy Hest and The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski. P.J. Lynch lives in Ireland.
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