Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
The Circle of Days

The Circle of Days

1998 Picture Books
Ages: 3 - 6 yrs.
Author: Reeve Lindbergh
Illustrator: Cathie Felstead
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 0-7636-0357-0
Hardcover Price: $16.99
This sunny work– adapted, in fact, from St. Francis of Assisi’s Canticle of the Sun, written in 1225 – is a paean of praise for the beauty and bounty of the world around us. The lilting verse and appealing double-page illustrations in watercolor, gouache and collage make the book one that will both comfort and delight the youngest listeners and viewers. Moon and stars; wind and air; whales and watermelons; sisters and brothers – all are celebrated and appealingly pictured. The closing couplet, “Be with us, Lord and guide our ways / Around the circle of our days” seems just right – non-sectarian and pleasingly pantheistic.
Selma G. Lanes   ©1998 Parents' Choice

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