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God be in my heart : poems and prayers for children
Knowlton, Laurie Lazzaro.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Honesdale, Pa. : Boyds Mills Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
A collection of short prayers and inspirational poems for young children.
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BV4870 .K66 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Fresh, exuberant, and direct, these poems and prayers speak to everyday concerns of young children. From traditional prayers to excerpts from the Old and New Testaments of the Bible to poems newly written by Ms. Knowlton--the book bursts with energy and joy and hope, while also acknowledging times of sadness and fear in the lives of children. The fabric collage illustrations perfectly capture the spirit of the book in simple, striking images. The beautifully-patterned fabrics add a richnessand highly original note to this very engaging collection.

Author Notes

Laurie Lazzaro Nativity is the author of The Nativity: Mary Remembers as well as a trio of books-- Why Cowboys Sleep With Their Boots On, Why Cowboys Need a Brand, and Why Cowboys Need a Pardner. She lives in Medina, Ohio.

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Booklist Review

Ages 5^-8. Eleven Christian prayers and poems are presented in this charming collection: an excerpt from a French Book of Hours, one from the Book of Psalms, four anonymous selections, and five written by the author. Though occasionally bordering on sentimentality, the book succeeds overall in providing some thoughtful moments within a colorful, accessible format. The selections are generally one or two sentences in length and emphasize thankfulness, God's love, forgiveness, kindness toward others, and the presence of God. The intricate, textured fabric collages, depicting children playing, dancing, celebrating, and stargazing, are ideally suited to the text. --Shelley Townsend-Hudson

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-This collection of short prayers and spiritual poems includes four that are anonymous, one from a 1490 French Book of Hours ("God be in my head..."), an excerpt from Psalm 30, and five original works by the compiler. Knowlton has chosen her selections well; unfortunately, her own writing tends to be simplistic and uninspired by comparison. Topics include thanksgiving and praise, guidance and forgiveness, and peacemaking. The text is attractively set in large, white rectangles facing the illustrations and framed by wide, colorful borders in a variety of patterns. The busy, fabric-collage artwork features flat, decorative forms and uses fuzzy, feltlike materials for the children's skin. The figures are lively, and the most charming of them burst enthusiastically from the frames, responding to the joyful message of the accompanying prayers. Competition in the area of prayer collections for children is strong, however, and includes such recent and outstanding works as Lee Bennett Hopkins's All God's Children (Harcourt, 1998), Bijou Le Tord's Peace on Earth (Doubleday, 1992), Tessa Strickland's One Earth, One Spirit (Sierra Club, 1997), Mary Batchelor's Children's Prayers from around the World (Augsburg, 1995), Pauline Baynes's Thanks Be to God (Macmillan, 1990), and Wendy Beckett's A Child's Book of Prayer in Art (DK, 1995).-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.