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The Lord's prayer
Ladwig, Tim.
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Publication Information:
Grand Rapids, MI : Eerdmans, [2000]

Physical Description:
l volumes (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
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BV232 .L23 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
BV232 .L23 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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The beloved words of The Lord's Prayer serve as the text for this remarkable book, in which Tim Ladwig illustrates how the words of this ancient prayer can have real meaning in our lives today. In Tim's paintings, a young girl and her father spend a day together helping an elderly neighbor. The love and guidance the child experiences in her relationship with her dad reflect the heart and will of our Heavenly Father in concrete ways children of all ages will understand."

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Booklist Review

Ages 4^-9. Full-page watercolor, pastel, and acrylic paintings, burnished to a bronze glow, illustrate this slightly simplified version of The Lord's Prayer. They tell the story of an African American father and daughter who go to help an elderly neighbor. The words "On earth as it is in heaven" find the parent and child patching and painting the fence, mowing and raking the lawn. The pair stop to have lunch on the porch stoop ("Give us today our daily bread"), and they feed the leftovers to the pigeons. The father refuses payment ("Forgive us our debts"), and the daughter returns a gold medallion she's found in the grass ("and lead us not into temptation") to the neighbor who lost it. The neighbor, in turn, clasps a necklace with the medallion around the girl's neck. The paintings use light, shading, and detail brilliantly. We see the broken pickets, the overgrown grass, and the opened clasp on the medallion; we see the father's muscled, brown arms and the girl's tight braids with their cheery, candy-colored ties. Rendered with clarity, simplicity, and not a trace of saccharine preaching, this illumination of an old Christian prayer will have a wide audience. --GraceAnne A. DeCandido

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3-This version of the Lord's Prayer (not King James) is also about an African-American family in the city, depicted in strong, realistic watercolor-and-acrylic pictures. By the sign on his truck, Ted Davis's occupation is known: "Exterior Repair, Lawn Care, Painting." On this day, Ted drives with his daughter to the lumber store, the deli, and the flower shop, and finally to an elderly woman's home. He and his daughter do all of the work for her that his truck advertises, and he refuses pay. The lines of the prayer are supposed to be illustrated by the events of the story: for instance, as the girl finds a shiny medallion in the yard and holds it thoughtfully, the accompanying lines are, "And lead us not into temptation,/but deliver us from the evil one." The pictures themselves are expressive, but such literal interpretation is moralistic, jarring, and sometimes obscure.-Carolyn Jenks, First Parish Unitarian Church, Portland, ME (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.