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BLESSED ARE YOU by Michelle Edwards

BLESSED ARE YOU

By Michelle Edwards (Adaptor) , Michelle Edwards (Illustrator)

Age Range: 2 - 8

Pub Date: March 18th, 1993
ISBN: 0-688-10759-1

 Thirteen brief prayers in Edwards's translations, which she uses with her own children, plus the original Hebrew and a transliteration, all appearing on versos elaborately bordered with a vine-like motif that echoes the Hebrew script and also incorporates appropriate symbols--e.g., for the prayer beginning, ``God, grant us peace and goodness,'' Edwards includes a dove, a rainbow, and a menorah. Rectos display full-bleed mixed-media art depicting a family of three children engaged in everyday activities that might occasion the prayers--eating, celebrating together, playing with their parents, looking at the night sky. These vigorously limned, unabashedly homely kids might be cousins of the ones in Edwards's Alef-bet (1992); again, the bright, harmonious colors and the warmth and energy of the design bespeak a productive, loving, and devout family. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 2-8)