October 2017 A Child’s Book of Prayers and Blessings
written by Delores Jordan
From the coauthor of Salt in His Shoes Deloris Jordan comes a comforting book of prayers collected from faiths and cultures all over the world.
From cultures and countries near and far, this collection of more than twenty poems and prayers selected especially to share with children affirms the wonder and beauty of all things great and small in our world. Whether it be the flowers in spring, the wind and the rain, the wide sunset sky or friends and family who we hold dear, there are many reasons to give thanks for the world we live in.
“Strickland’s hand-printed linoleum block artwork features a multiethnic cast of children involved in a variety of pursuits. Most spreads are set outdoors (with earth tones, reds, and orange hues predominating), and several are frame-worthy, especially the depiction of hands emerging from an ocean to embrace land, trees, animals, a child, rainbows, and the sun, representing “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.” Appended with a note about the authors and sources of these prayers (most are available in public domain), this should make a good addition to the young family prayer shelf.”
Colored in a creamy, restful palette, Strickland’s linoleum prints are loosely structured over an unfolding day, featuring children around the world heading into church, clasping hands while singing, and enjoying moments of quiet solitude. It’s an eclectic and varied look at the way communities and cultures express praise, gratitude, and blessing.
Featured in the Society of Illustrators Original Art Show 2017