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I'm your child, God : prayers for our children
Edelman, Marian Wright.
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New edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Hyperion Books For Children, 2002.
Physical Description:
xxi, 90 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
A collection of contemporary multicultural prayers, written for this book and intended to provide strong inner anchors and spiritual grounding.


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BV265 .E34 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
BV265 .E34 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Oversize

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Marian Wright Edelman's collection of prayers has an immediate, honest voice that touches on issues that children and teens face in today's increasingly complicated world. Grouped according to themes such as hope, gratitude, and help, and filled with wisdom and insight, these prayers offer our children a powerful opportunity to connect with their own spirituality. Bryan Collier, recipient of the Caldecott Honor Medal, among other honors, captures the vibrancy of our multicultural world in his stunning collage artwork.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 4-12. Edelman, the founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund, has published previous collections of prayers for an adult audience, including Guide My Feet: Prayers and Mediations on Loving and Working for Children (1995). Her latest title is aimed directly at young people. The mostly original prayers are arranged in categories for younger children, older children, special occasions, and «Struggle and Strength,» with highly specific selections such as «A Child's Prayer for a Parent Dying of AIDS.» Edelman's language is often clunky and even banal, but there are some heartfelt selections. The best work plainly and directly expresses universal desires for help, safety, and comfort: «Thank you for being my friend»; «Please hold my hand.» With a few Christian and Jewish exceptions, Edelman's prayers address a nondenominational god, and Collier celebrates that diversity in his luminous watercolor collages that show children of all shades. These beautiful portraits will probably attract young browsers more than the words, but teachers, parents, and other adults who work with children will enjoy Edelman's moving introduction and find valuable material to share with young people. Gillian Engberg.

Publisher's Weekly Review

Using the plain, honest language of children's everyday lives, Edelman-founder of the Children's Defense Fund and the author of Guide My Feet: Prayers and Meditations on Loving and Working for Children-crafts a collection of original prayers that also incorporates a few traditional selections. She offers kids support, peace and empowerment in prayers that cover such topics as the death of a pet, graduation, difficulties in school, sexual identity, substance addiction and even grittier issues ("A Child's Prayer on Seeing a Parent Abused"). The prayers are helpfully divided into five sections (e.g., "Prayers for Younger Children," "Prayers for Struggle and Strength"). Most of the works have the solid ring of assurance and solace; but some offer only the comfort of verbalizing a child's anxieties. Overall, these accessible verses will go a long way toward showing children that the act of praying can be easy and can take the form of a personal, heartfelt dialogue with God. Collier (Martin's Big Words) paints stripes of varying hues down the faces of his subjects, which, he explains in a note, is meant to symbolize blessings falling upon them. Some may find this technique distracting, but in general the artist uses his photo-realistic watercolor-and-collage style to great effect in depicting children of various races and ages. A book many will welcome. Ages 8-up. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-8-A wide-ranging collection of prayers. Divided into five sections, including "Prayers for Special Occasions" and "Prayers for Struggle and Strength," these meditations display a deep sense of spirituality as well as a challenge to empowerment for children through prayer. While many collections celebrate God and the wonders of life and creation, Edelman extends her devotions specifically to address the needs of youth at risk, unsure and in fear, and to provide hope for them. Children in abusive situations; in poverty or neglected; with drug problems; with parents sick, dying, or incarcerated; with special needs; or in foster care are the subjects of many of her poetic conversations between a young person and God. While she also celebrates the wonder of the commonplace, it is her attention to the needs of children who are struggling that makes this collection especially powerful. The cream-colored pages, large and uncluttered, lend a sense of serenity to the selections. Collier's luminous collage-and-watercolor artwork, both small and full page, extend the devotions by providing a palpable sense of hope as seen through the eyes of his stunningly rendered children. The artist's thematic use of puzzle pieces and vertical bands of light representing blessings conveys a reverence that underscores the eloquence of the selections.-Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha's Public Library, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.