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Grandad's Prayers of the Earth

This marvelous children's book by the award-winning author Douglas Wood is based on his intimate relationship with his grandfather.

This classic has been designed for readers age 6 and older.

Here prayer is discovered in nature: it only takes a changed perspective to see and hear the prayers all around us. While walking in the woods with his grandfather, a boy learns that trees pray as they reach for the sky; rocks and pebbles pray as they sit in silence; and the wind prays as it "whispers and moans and sighs."

But humans pray as well by giving thanks at a table, making music or painting a picture.

When he's older, the boy confronts his ideas about prayer and God and the natural world.

He finds connections that lead him to wonder and gratitude. This is a gem to be shared across the generations (Candlewick Press).


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