I Imagine Angels

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9780689840807: I Imagine Angels

See heaven in a wildflower, praise all creatures great and small, and imagine angels with this glorious gathering of poems and prayers.

In these pages, sonnet, shape poem, song, and psalm from around the world are paired with paintings, prints, sculpture, and other works from the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. An Italian Renaissance painting of Tobias and the archangel echoes "The Lord Is My Shepherd"; three haiku grace a Japanese print of springtime bliss; and E. E. Cummings's I Thank You God" reflects an exuberant scene by Pablo Picasso.

Full of faith but nondenominational, I Imagine Angels is a classic children's bedtime volume as well as a gift book of joy and thanksgiving to be cherished by all ages.

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K Up-Despite a title that seems to limit the subject matter to angels, this collection of 21 spiritual poems ranges much farther, with a fine variety of selections. It is magnificently illustrated with full-page reproductions of works from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. For example, three haiku by Kobayashi Issa are enhanced by a traditional Japanese woodblock print of a girl viewing plum blossoms at night. Langston Hughes's "Tambourines" is paired with an exuberant panel from Romare Bearden's The Block, and a section from William Blake's "Auguries of Innocence" with one of the poet's dreamy etchings. St. Richard of Chichester's "Day by Day" appears with praying girls by Kate Greenaway, and Cecil Frances Alexander's "All Things Bright and Beautiful" with a detail from Edward Hicks's Peaceable Kingdom. The juxtapositions of verse and picture are always creative and sometimes delightfully surprising. The poems include Hindu, Persian, Mayan, and Tewan works, as well as American, English, and Biblical quotations from sources such as e. e. cummings, Walt Whitman, Ecclesiastes, Ogden Nash, Mary Oliver, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and Emily Dickinson. Beautiful color printings; lustrous, gold angelic endpapers; and a clear, handsome typeface all add to the quality of this special collection.-Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA

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Gr. 4-up. The beauty of art combines with the simple majesty of prayer in this compilation illustrated with artwork from the Metropolitan Museum. With the theme of angels running throughout, the prayers come from around the world. "Tambourines," a joyous gospel shout by Langston Hughes, is handsomely matched with the angel-filled The Block, by Romare Bearden; the simple twelfth-century prayer "Day by Day" is illustrated with a Kate Greenaway engraving entitled "Grace before Meals," showing three little girls with their heads bent in prayer. Prayers and art are mixed and matched; an American prayer is illustrated with a watercolor from India. There are also haikus, translations from the Bhagavad Gita, and psalms from the Bible. Some of the prayers will be over the heads of younger readers, but families reading this together will find much to discuss, both about the words and the handsomely reproduced pictures. Ilene Cooper
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