Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Giving Thanks: Poems, Prayers, and Praise Songs of Thanksgiving


Giving Thanks:  Poems, Prayers, and Praise Songs of Thanksgiving
edited by Katherine Paterson, illustrated by Pamela Dalton
Handprint Books, 2013. 53 pgs. Nonfiction

     If you are inclined to skip over Thanksgiving and move right ahead to Christmas, at least pull over and peruse Katherine Paterson's new collection.  From "Amazing Grace" to Johnny Appleseed's blessing on the food, to a Pueblo blessing, Ms. Paterson has given us a beautiful assemblage of reasons to be thankful and words to express our gratitude. Her own interleaved essays are models of grace, humility, and memorable prose. Take a moment with this book. You'll be glad you did.

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