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Grandad's Prayer of the Earth

By Sharon Asta, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Moving story offers opportunities for discussion.

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Opportunities for discussion abound throughout this story. Each paragraph encourages talks about the natural world, self-discovery, and the comfort of prayer. The concept of prayer is introduced via the tangible world of nature. Warm, earth-tone, watercolor illustrations enhance the reassuring mood. Stunning perspectives take the reader on a journey of discovery -- first at grass level, as the boy observes the wonder of a flower, then soaring up to the treetops.

The metaphorical text may become long for a restless youngster, so discussions and short readings may be appropriate. Older children will appreciate the ability to think for themselves about the meaning of prayer and death, or the wonders of nature. This is a book to share with others -- especially with children who have lost a loved one.

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