As I read this simple yet complex book, and pondered the lovely paintings, I was drawn to the beauty of praying. Prayers are not just a list of people or things that we want, but it is our heart touching the heart of God. Through the heart’s eye of a child, that fact seems all the more clear to me, thus drawing in the complexity of simple prayers.
This young boy realizes he had not prayed before getting into bed, so he gets back out of bed to kneel besides his bed. The large golden moon shines in the dark sky throughout the book as we wander towards the various people he is praying for. He prays for those who are homeless to be sheltered. He lifts up those who are hungry, asking that they be fed. He asks that the sick be healed. He asks that wars end. He does pray for his family, his teacher, and his turtle, a request list of many-a-child. Yet through his heart’s lens, I realize that my world is important, but the world is just as important and needs much prayer.
The author dedicates this book “To All Those in Need of Prayer.” T.B.
The art is truly fine as it is of mixed media as well as oil on watercolor paper. As the cover shows above, the paintings are simple yet touching. Each one spills over onto my heart.
Reading Level: 4 – 8 Years
Tonya Bolden has written quite a number of books for children and adults which have received a number of accolades, including the Coretta Scott King Honor Award, James Madison Book Award, School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, YALSA Best Book of the Year, and CCBC Best Book of the Year. She lives in New York City. A website that focuses on her books is http://www.tonyaboldenbooks.com
She is interviewed here: http://thebrownbookshelf.com/2008/02/16/tonya-bolden/
Eric Velasquez is the illustrator of numerous books for children. He illustrated the covers for 22 of the Encyclopedia Brown series of books published by Random House. He received the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award and won the Pura Belpré Honor for Illustration. He grew up in Harlem with multicultural and multigenerational artist family members. He lives in Hartsdale, New York. His work and more information about him can be found @ http://ericvelasquez.com and @ http://www.eduplace.com/kids/hmr/mtai/velasquez.html
- ISBN-13: 9781419707926
- Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
- Publication date: 11/4/2014
- Pages: 32
- Product dimensions: 9.20 x 12.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)
On 12-24-2014, I reviewed this lovely book on my original book blog.