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Bless us all : a child's yearbook of blessings
Rylant, Cynthia.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [1998]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 27 x 27 cm
A collection of twelve bedtime blessings, one for each month of the year.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.8 0.5 45861.
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Hamburg Library BL625.5 .R95 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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BLESS THE ONESSO DEAR TO US,KEEP THEM SAFEAND NEAR TO US.InBless Us All,Cynthia Rylant offers every child twelve months of blessings. Blessings for pets and grandpas, bread and buttercups. Blessings for trees, blessings for snow.Blessings for all the world.

Author Notes

Cynthia Rylant was born on June 6, 1954 in Hopewell, Virginia. She attended and received degrees at Morris Harvey College, Marshall University, and Kent State University.

Rylant worked as an English professor and at the children's department of a public library, where she first discovered her love of children's literature.

She has written more than 100 children's books in English and Spanish, including works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Her novel Missing May won the 1993 Newbery Medal and A Fine White Dust was a 1987 Newbery Honor book. Rylant wrote A Kindness, Soda Jerk, and A Couple of Kooks and Other Stories, which were named as Best Book for Young Adults. When I was Young in the Mountains and The Relatives Came won the Caldecott Award.

She has many popular picture books series, including Henry and Mudge, Mr. Putter and Tabby and High-Rise Private Eyes. (Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 2^-5. Rylant presents 12 short, rhymed blessings, one for each month of the year. A typical spread opens with the left-hand side displaying the prayer, such as "JANUARY / Bless the houses, / snug and tight / Bless the kitties / day and night, / Bless the trees / and bless the snow, / Bless us all / when cold winds blow." On the right, a childlike painting of a house with a cat in the window is bordered by small squares of colorful print fabrics. The painting also incorporates a small amount of fabric as window curtains. Rylant's tendency to repeat (blessing cats four times in the first six spreads, for instance) makes the verse more palatable to be read month by month, rather than one blessing right after another. Some of the naive paintings studded with fabric, such as the autumn tree scene for October, are quite effective, but others, stylistically bordering on the amateurish, miss the mark. Still, libraries may want to offer this visually bolder book as an antidote to the pastel sweetness of many volumes of children's blessings and prayers. --Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-In the same whimsical spirit as her delightful Dog Heaven (Scholastic, 1995), Rylant presents 12 months of simple, rhymed blessings, with special remembrances for household pets. The verses are brilliantly illustrated with full-page, one-dimensional, primitive-style acrylic paintings mounted on multicolored, multipatterned, fabric patches. The simple, bold figures of flowers, birds, animals, and people in busy interior and exterior settings are in lambent colors and face a text handsomely printed in varied shades on bright backgrounds. Dogs and cats, snow, snug houses, grandparents, raindrops, children who read, and autumn trees are among the cozy items blessed in this charming yearbook.-Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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