"Wood conveys a sense of something larger in the world, and gives voice to the human longing to understand." — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Grandad is the boy’s best friend. Being with him always makes the world seem right. And how vast that world is: a world of tall trees that reach for the clouds and sun and moon and stars — and what else is reaching for heaven but a prayer? Each time he and Grandad walk in the woods, the boy listens for the prayers of the earth. And finally the boy asks: "Are our prayers answered?" One day, long after Grandad is gone, long after the boy is grown, he understands Grandad’s reply: "If we listen very closely, a prayer is often its own answer." Douglas Wood, author of Old Turtle, has written a wise and moving story for all ages, beautifully illustrated by the acclaimed P.J. Lynch.
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If I had to write a book that I wanted my grandson to read, it would be this book. This book was introduced to me by one of the members of our Wednesday bible study group. You don't have to be religious or Christian to enjoy this book. It's simply a human book written for humanity.
' Every person that I have shared this book with has then gone out and bought it themselves; either to keep or to give as a gift to someone the story reminded them of. My parents and sister both requested their own copies, and I bought one for my infant nephew with an inscription encouraging him to carry the story in his heart so that he too will one day hear the prayers of the earth. This children's book is destined to be a classic. Ironically, it will probably be most meaningful and poignant to the adults making the purchase. I would not alter one word of the text, and the illustrations are equally exemplary and evocative. Rarely do an author and an illustrator achieve such symmetry in their work. This book has quickly become my family's favorite...highly recommended.