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Give me grace : a child's daybook of prayers
Rylant, Cynthia.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [1999]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Presents seven prayers in rhyme, one for each day of the week.
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BL625.5 .R954 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
BL625.5 .R954 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
BL625.5 .R954 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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These prayers for kindness, for love, for gratitude and guidance are the perfect way to begin or end a child's busy day.

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 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-5. Written and illustrated as if it came from a child's hands, this simple book finds a prayer in each day of the week. "Friday keep the ones I love. / Comfort them from up above. / Lift their hearts / and hold them dear. / Help them know that / you are here." Each day gets its own little prayer, hand-printed on a bright background on the left-hand page. On the facing page, Rylant provides her own illustrations of everyday moments in a child's life: a boy and his dog in bed; a child watching birds at a feeder. Although the art style is deliberately naive, sometimes the pictures really seem no better than something a six-or seven-year-old child might produce. What compensates for the ultrasimple shapes and the almost featureless children is the candy colorings that bring each page alive. The author's artistic expertise aside, little ones will respond to the sentiments and hopes expressed here. --Ilene Cooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.