The beloved classic poem by Max Ehrmann. "Be gentle with yourself... You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars. You have a right to be here."
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Max Ehrmann (September 26, 1872 - September 9, 1945) was an attorney and businessman from Terre Haute, Indiana. He worked in his family's meatpacking business and in the overalls manufacturing industry before leaving at age 40 to write. He penned Desiderata at age 54, and it did not achieve fame until after his death.From School Library Journal:
Grade 6 Up-Ehrmann's well-known inspirational work, written in 1927, offers cogent advice on how to live at peace with oneself. This edition is distinguished by Tauss's striking photographs, most of which show children and adults of different cultures. Each of the images captures the essence of the passage it accompanies. For instance, the opening sentence ("Go placidly/amid the noise and haste,/and remember what peace/there may be in silence") is matched with a scene of a deserted city street that brilliantly creates a sense of stillness. Lines on the timelessness of love ("Especially do not feign affection./Neither be cynical/about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment/it is as perennial as the grass") are accompanied by one photo that shows parents and children nestled in bed, and another of them engaged in a pillow fight. Perhaps the most memorable illustration shows a boy and a girl set against a galaxy of stars. This complements the life-affirming statement, "You/are/a child/of the/universe,/no less than the trees and the stars;/you have a right to be here." All of the photos are well composed and have a dreamy quality, suffused with a soft light. However, while the pictures have intergenerational appeal, the vocabulary employed and the philosophy expressed in the text are adult in nature.
Karey Wehner, formerly at San Francisco Public Library
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