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200 RELIGION

Alexander, Cecil. ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL. Illus. Ashley Bryan. New York:
            Atheneum Books, 2010. 40p. ISBN: 978-1-4169-8939-4    Gr. PreK-2   NF  264.23

            Using the words of the hymn "All Things Bright and Beautiful" by Cecil F. Alexander as the text, Ashley Bryan captures the essence of the hymn through his collage compositions of all creatures great and small and their surroundings. The use of bold colors and exquisitely cut shapes burst the hymn's meaning from the pages. Every scene adds to the story yet stands on its own from the great whale in the ocean to the hands of God creating all things.
            Jolene Hetherignton, Teacher, Munising School Public Library, Munising, MI

Cotner, June, ed.  AMAZING GRACES: PRAYERS AND POEMS FOR CHILDREN.
    New York: HarperCollins, 2001.   60p.  0-688-15566-9; hb., $12.95.  0-688-15567-7;
    lib.bdg., $12.89.  99-029158   PreS-Gr. 3    242.8

    Poems are divided into chapters for morning, mealtime, bedtime, and anytime.  The index, arranged by titles includes authors within the entry.  Poets come from a wide range of backgrounds and times:   L’Engle, Emerson, Farjeon, Browning, Nash, Cummings, Schweitzer, Merriam, Grimes, several unknown, and numerous lesser known poets are included.  Birth and death years are given for the poets.  Children are sprinkled throughout the book in the illustrations.
    Mary Ann Paulin, Director; Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, Michigan

French, Fiona, Illus.   EASTER: WITH WORDS FROM THE KING JAMES BIBLE.
    New York: HarperCollins, 2002.  32p.  0-06-623929-X hb. $15.95  Gr. K-3   226.052036

    This title is a companion book to French's BETHLEHEM (Harper, 2001) about the birth of Christ. Like that title, the illustrations in this one are inspired by stained glass church windows. French has edited the text from the authorized version of the King James BIBLE.  The book begins with Jesus' entry into Jerusalem on Psalm Sunday, then moves on to the last supper, the betrayal, the trial, wearing a crown of thorns, carrying the cross to Golgotha, the crucifixion, burial, resurrection, visiting the disciples eight days later, visiting the fisherman at sea, and ends with the ascension into heaven.  This book is great for personal giving, church libraries, and public library collections.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Griffith, Linda Hill, ed.  BLESSINGS AND PRAYERS FOR LITTLE BEARS.  Illus by L. Griffith.  
    New York: HarperColliins, 2002.  32p.  0-06-623689-4 hb. $15.95.    PreS-Gr.1   j242.82

    The thirteen short prayers are illustrated with full-page colorful illustrations that feature a bear family and create a “warm fuzzy” feeling.  Some of the prayers are unknown blessings, but some contain well known first lines:  “All things bright and beautiful,” “Thank you for the world so sweet,”  and “He prayeth best, who loveth best,” and “Now I lay me down to sleep.”  The latter has been changed so that the third line and fourth lines are not “If I should die before I wake,/ I pray the Lord my soul to take” to the less frightening “Thy love be with me through the night,/And keep me safe till morning light.”  Six of the prayers are by unknown authors while some are by people of stature such as Emerson and Coleridge.  This will make a handsome gift as well as be suitable for public library collections.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

High, Linda Oatman.  A HUMBLE LIFE: PLAIN  POEMS.  Illus by Bill Farnsworth.
    Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2001.  40p.  0-8026-5207-6; hb., $17.00   Gr. 2-7  811.54

    The 17 poems are about the Amish and Mennonite communities in Pennsylvania Dutch Country.  All of them, especially "Barn Raising Day," can be used with Yolen's RAISING YODER'S BARN (Little, 1998).  Some of the poems like "Come Spring," "Muggy Summer Nights," "Thanksgiving Dinner," "Pumpkins and Mums." and "When the Pond Freezes Solid" can be read aloud during the appropriate seasons with no connection to the plain people.  The muted oil paintings are a perfect complement for the text.  This poetry book adds diversity to poetry collections.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI 49855

Hildebrandt, Ziporah.  THIS IS OUR SEDER.  Illus. by Robin Roraback.  New York:  
    Holiday House, 1999.  unp.  0-8234-1436-1, hb.;  $15.95   Gr. K-2   296.4

    This book has minimal text and busy pictures.  The author leads us through a Seder meal without telling us why the family is dipping greens or telling a story after dinner.  If a child is already familiar with the Seder tradition, that child will enjoy the book.  Other readers will understand the elements of the meal, but not know why the elements are important. An explanation of Passover and the Seder meal can be found on the very last page for parents or teachers to use for background information.
    Lynette Suckow, Peter White Public Library, Marquette, MI

Margaret Hodges.  MOSES.  Illus. by Barry Moser.  Orlando, Fla:  Harcourt, Inc., 2007.
            ISBN-10: 0152009469 hb. $16.00   Gr. K-6    j222.1095

            The significant events of Moses’ life are played out in a child-friendly way in Hodge’s new book.  Starting out as an infant traveling down in the Nile in a basket to delivering the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai, Moses is shown as a humble servant of God and leader of the Jewish people.  Cream-colored pages with and beautifully bordered watercolors bring visual reminders of the many trials that the Jewish people faced in Moses’ time and beyond.  A list of the Ten Commandments brings a proper conclusion to the book.  Recommended for all ages.   
            Amy Becker, Technical Services, Peter White Public Library, Marquette, MI

Hoyt-Goldsmith, Diane.  CELEBRATING RAMADAN.  Photos by Lawrence Migdale.
    New York: Holiday, 2001.  32P.  0-8234-1581-3; hb., $16.95    297.62

    Like the many other photo-essays including CELEBRATING KWANZA (Holiday, 1993), CELEBRATING CHINESE NEW YEAR (Holiday, 1998), LAS POSADAS (Holiday, 1999), CELEBRATING PASSOVER (Holiday, 2000), Hoyt-Goldsmith and Migdale have created a memorable and informative book about ethnic Americans.  In this new title, they follow Ibraheem, a fourth grader who lives near Princeton, New Jersey, and his family for the month of fasting to celebrate Ramadan, a 1400 year-old celebration.  Ibraheem is one of 5 million American Muslims who celebrate the time when the Prophet Muhmmad received the Qur’an  (Koran), the sacred book of Islam in a revelation.  The family fasts to show obedience to Allah as well as to experience what it is to be poor.  During this time, Muslims end disputes, ask forgiveness, and are kind to everyone.   The photos and maps are clear and of the quality one might expect in books by this pair.  Information is provided through text, sidebars, and photos.  Some sidebars include: The five pillars of Islam, the five daily prayers, the Islamic calendar, and the call to prayer.  A glossary and a recipe for Ghorayyibah, cookies, are included.  Because the Muslim calendar is based on a lunar year of 354 days, there is no season for this holiday.  The celebration that ends Ramadan concludes the book.  This is an important ethnic book, especially in these times when we are trying to understand Americans of Middle Eastern descent.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Knoulton, Laurie Lazzaro.  GOD BE IN MY HEART!  POEMS AND PRAYERS
    FOR CHILDREN.  Illus. by the author.  Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills, 1999.  32p.
    1-56397-646-3.,   $9.95      98-71793       PreS-Gr. 3       291.4

     Fabric collages illustrate eleven short prayers by Knowlton, unknown poets, Psalms, and The French Book of Hours.  Knowlton's peace poem is especially good: "Dear Lord./Tonight/I pray for peace with all my might/That kids across the world unite/and teach our parents not to fight."  This collection would be more suitable for public libraries than public school libraries.  Purchase as needed.
     Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

Maccarone, Grace.  A CHILD'S GOOD NIGHT PRAYER.  Illus. Sam Williams.
    New York:  Scholastic, 2001.  32p.   0-439-23505-; hb. $10.95    PreS-K   291.4

    This bedtime book begins with "Bless the moon/Bless the Stars" and ends with "Bless the children everywhere."  In between those blessings, the child blesses the night-light, trucks, bears, family, pillows, water, earth, air and eight other items. This nondenominational book makes a good evening read-aloud.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI 49855

Pinkney, Jerry.  NOAH'S ARK.  Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney.  New York:  SeaStar Books,
    2002.  40p. 1-58717-201-1 hb. $15.95  Gr.K-3.   j222.11

    This is a retelling of a classic parable from the Old Testament of the great flood.  The various levels of the story speak in a secular manner to man's inherent responsibility for the earth and all of its creatures.  The illustrations are truly magnificent; meticulously detailed, very expressive drawings of pencil, colored pencil and watercolor.  On a scale of one to four, this is easily a ten.  In some manner or another, the story of the great flood persists across cultural and societal lines.  The words in this telling just flow, as do the illustrations, literally, from cover to cover.  I hesitate to confine the appeal to K-3, as I firmly believe that the appeal cannot be age-defined.  This is A MUST BUY!
    Kay T. Elzinga, Member, Superiorland Board of Directors

Staub, Leslie.  BLESS THIS HOUSE: A BEDTIME PRAYER FOR THE WORLD.
    San Diego: Harcourt, 2000.  32p.  0-15-201984-7; hb. $16.00.    reS-Gr. 2    j 242.82

    The oil on gessoed paper illustrations show a unixex child in blue pajamas with yellow animal slippers in a bedroom.  The child blesses, in rhyme, the room, moon, parents, pillow, and creatures that live outside.  The animals are named by noises, "quackers and howlers...crowers and yowlers" by locations, and by attributes.  Children will enjoy identifying the animals.    "Bless us with kisses and plenty of hugs" shows the child enfolded by parents opposite a page showing children of many races "Bless every last one of us--even the bugs."  Using a red bedspread as the cape the child, cat, and stuffed animal fly around the world.  The last page shows the child in bed with a cat and stuffed animal.  This is a satisfactory bedtime book with a theme that can be read by children of all faiths.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI
 
Tilton, Rafael.  MOTHER TERESA.  Illus. by Photos.  The Importance Of series. San Diego: Lucent, 
    2000.  128p.  1-56006-565-6; lib.bdg., $23.70    99-35395    Gr. 6-9      j 271.97

    This book covers the subject from birth to death and includes information about the Balkan wars and World War I.  An added bonus is historical information on the area where Agnes was born in modern day Macedonia;  her parents lived in Prizren, the capital of Kosovo, Serbia. The first part of the book can be used for information about the Balkans and Kosovo where Agnes Bojaxhiu grew up.  Phonetic spelling for her birth name is useful.
  Valuable additions to the book are a time line, notes by chapter, for further reading, works consulted, and an index.  There are black and white photos on almost every  page as well as numerous sidebars and maps to add interest. Numerous quotes from biographies of Mother Theresa are included. Readers learn about the Missionaries of Charity,  Mother Theresa's work with lepers, her work in India, South Africa, Northern Ireland, Ethiopia, her awards especially the Nobel Prize, her relationship with Princess Diana, and her role as Peacemaker. The book ends with her funeral, successor, and legacy.  This is a comprehensive, well documented, worthwhile addition to middle, high school, and public libraries.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center
  
Zalben, Jane Breskin, comp.  LET THERE BE LIGHT: POEMS AND PRAYERS 
    FOR REPAIRING THE WORLD
.  Illus by Zalben.  New York: Dutton, 2002.  unp.  
    ISBN 0-525-46995-8; hb., $15.99   Gr. 1-5+     j242.2

    Collages illustrate sayings from the great religions and philosophers starting with “In the Beginning…” from Genesis.  Other sources include:  The Koran and The Desiderata.  Some cultures represented are:  Jewish, Eskimo, and the Shona of Zimbabwe.  Famous religious leaders include:  Lao-Tzu, The Buddah, Jesus, David the Psalmist, St. Francis of Assisi, The Dali Lama, and Gandhi.  This is for public libraries who want to strengthen their multicultural and world religion section in children’s collections, although this book will probably be checked out more by adults than by children.
          Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

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200 MYTHOLOGY

Barchers, Suzanne I.  FROM ATALANTA TO ZEUS:  READERS THEATRE
    FROM GREEK MYTHOLOGY.  Englewood, CO:  Teacher Ideas Press, 2001.
    203p.  1-56308-815-0; pb., $26.00    Gr. 4-10    812.54

    These 26 readings about gods and heroes help students understand Greek mythology while improving their reading and performance skills.  Each reading has a paragraph about the character, presentation  and delivery suggestions, and lists of characters and props.  The readings include one or more narrators who provide background information about the situation.  It is amazing how much mythological information is packed into the readings without being heavy handed.  Book, video, and  web site bibliographies and extensive pronunciation guide are useful.  Purchase where mythology is studied or where dramatic readings are needed.
    Mary Ann Paulin, Director; Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Dixon-Kennedy, Mike.  ENCYCLOPEDIA OF GRECO-ROMAN MYTHOLOGY.
    Denver, CO:  ABC-CLIO, 1998.  370p.  1-57607-094-8  lib.bdg. $65.00    Gr. 6-12     j292.1

    The over 1,4000 entries are arranged in alphabetical order and see also references at the end of each article provide added access.  Variant names and spellings are given for each name if needed.  After the name of each entry, the origin is given (Greek, Roman, or Greco-Roman).  If there is more than one origin for a myth, all are given.    Dixon-Kennedy’s sources are two volumes of Robert Graves’ THE GREEK MYTHS, Homer’s ODYSSEY and ILIAD, and Virgil’s AENEID.  Helpful appendixes include chronologies for Ancient Greece and Rome and a list of Emperors.  There is also an extensive bibliography.   In the index, Dixon-Kennedy puts the main entry pages in bold numbers to save time for readers in a hurry.  This is an excellent book for public and school library reference collections, especially in schools where classical mythology is part of the curriculum.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

Marzollo, Jean.  LET’S GO PEGASUS.  New York:  Little & Brown Co., 2006.  28p.  
	ISBN 0316741361 hb.  $12.99    Gr. 1 –5.   j292.13
                Marzollo presents a retelling of the Pegasus myth with bright watercolor illustrations.  Pegasus is sent off to 
kill the Gorgon, Medusa, by an evil king who hopes that Pegasus will end up dead.  However, Pegasus is aided by the 
Greek gods and defeats Medusa.  A row of owls is cleverly illustrated across the bottom of the page to discuss, explain, 
and ask questions about the text, acting in a similar way to a Greek chorus.   LET’S GO PEGASUS is a staple in the 
area of mythology and is recommended reading.
               Eric Smith, Ontonagon Township Library, Ontonagon, MI

Wilkinson, Philip.  ILLUSTRATED DICTIONARY OF MYTHOLOGY:  HEROES,
    HEROINES, GODS, AND GODESSES FROM AROUND THE WORLD.
  Illus with
    photos. New York: DK, 1998.  128p.  0-7894-3413-X, hb. $24.95.  98-22992   Gr. 5+   291.1

     The first chapter focuses on common elements found in all mythologies.  The rest of the book is arranged by nine geographical  regions.  Although classical mythology receives more coverage, the book is important because it covers mythologies not often found in other sources;  i.e., Inuit, Mesopotamia,, Hindu, China, Japan, Slav, Pacific Islands, and several  Native Americans tribes.  The photos come from museums around the world and are placed next to the appropriate text.  Schools who teach Spanish will want the book because the pages devoted to the Maya, Aztec, and Inca.    The section on Finnish mythology is the capstone that  makes this book an essential purchase for U.P. libraries.  Although this book should be in the reference collection, it needs to be circulated.  Unfortunately most small libraries can't afford to own two copies but larger libraries might consider purchasing two.
Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center


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