Crisp photos of animal babies call to mind posters with "Hang in There"-type captions, ncp Carlstrom, Nancy White This Is the Day!: A Celebration of God's Creation 32 pp. According to this book, God first created people, then gave us hands, feet, eyes, a heart, etc., to care for others, study Torah, and "do the mitzvos of Hashem, with love." Hi a counting book format, brightly colored photographs (occasionaUy repetitive) and brief texts introduce the customs and symbols of Ramadan or Christmas.
416 • RELIGION January–June 2009 The HORN BOOK GUIDE RELIGION Carlstrom, Nancy White This Is the Day!: A Celebration of God’s Creation 32 pp. Zonderkidz ISBN 978-0-310-71428-6 $15.99 GENERAL RELIGION (4) K–3 Illustrated by Richard Cowdrey. Readers are enjoined to appreciate the beauty and diversity of “God’s Ajmera, Maya, Magda Nakassis, and Cynthia Pon creation” by spending time outside in nature each day of Faith the week. The effect of the quiet verse and panoramic paint- 48 pp. Charlesbridge ISBN 978-1-58089-177-6 $16.95 ings featuring animals and landscapes is somewhat imper- PE ISBN 978-1-58089-178-3 $7.95 sonal, but the book may find use in Sunday schools. MVK (3) K–3 Engaging photographs and simple text work together to introduce religious beliefs and practices to read- dePaola, Tomie The Song of Francis ers. Children are shown praying, reading holy books, 32 pp. Putnam ISBN 978-0-399-25210-5 $16.99 attending religious schools, celebrating, eating special foods, (3) K–3 Francis is joined in his song of praise for God by and wearing traditional clothes. The universal concepts of the moon, the sun, and a multicolored flock of birds. The caring for others, helping those in need, and making peace simple volume is less a story about the famous saint than it are highlighted. A world map is included. Glos. MG is a celebration of his love for the universe. Give this to the picture book set and send older readers to dePaola’s Fran- Cantrell, Julie God Is with Me Through the Day cis: The Poor Man of Assisi. MVK 32 pp. Zonderkidz ISBN 978-0-310-71562-7 $9.99 Cantrell, Julie God Is with Me Through the Night Gold, August Thank You, God, for Everything 24 pp. Zonderkidz ISBN 978-0-310-71563-4 $9.99 32 pp. Putnam ISBN 978-0-399-24049-2 $16.99 (4) K–3 The premise of these books is that children feel (4) K–3 Illustrated by Wendy Anderson Halperin. Encour- safe at home with their families but need reassurance when aged to cultivate thankfulness, Daisy takes a spiritual jour- they’re in bed or out in the world by themselves. The sim- ney through her life’s blessings. These range from the ple, easy-to-read texts (which assume familiarity with Old things she does and the people she meets to God’s very Testament stories) remind readers that with God, they a
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