Friday, October 10, 2008

On Morning Wings

On Morning Wings by Reeve Lindbergh, is a poetic prayer gently adapted from Psalm 139.  The artwork of watercolor and collage by Holly Meade, shows a little girl peeking out of her window greeting the morning, while her brother sleeps soundly beneath her in their bunk bed. 

The two siblings dress and rush out of their house to meet with two of their friends, coming toward them. It's clear to see that these four children are excited about spending the day together. They rush off to a nearby tree to lie, dangle and drape themselves securely among the large branches. 

Even the best of friends don't always see eye-to-eye. Two of the children appear to be at a lake. While one rows away in a boat, the other sits on the dock and sulks. 

Later, the four of them are at the beach playing as a team, building a sandcastle, digging rivers and collecting water. 

As the golden sun begins to nestle down behind the water, the children playfully follow the wooden path to a campfire to roast marshmallows. One could imagine the night being filled with laughter and silly thoughts shared among loving friends as they drift off to sleep in their tent. All except one little boy who peeks out of the tent with a  flashlight in one hand and his faithful teddy bear, in the other.

All the while, as the full paged artwork dominates each page, the author has written a poetic prayer that depicts the 139th Psalm, "God knows all things." 

The words written on each page gently whisper a loving reminder that God is always with us.  "High as heaven bright, you greet me, down in darkness, too, you meet me."

What I Like: The prayer and illustrations are harmonious.

What I Dislike: I do not dislike anything about this book.

Overall Rating: Very Good.

Age Appeal: 4 and up.

Publishing Info: Candlewick Press; 2002;Hardcover;32 pages; ISBN:0763611069.

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