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Everyone Prays: Celebrating Faith Around the World
Everyone Prays: Celebrating Faith Around the World
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Price:  $17.95

ISBN:  978-1-937786-19-9
Book Size:  8.75" × 11"
# of Pages:  28
Language:  English



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“Christians, Jews, and Muslims all pray. So do Hindus and Buddhists. Many others pray too.” So begins Everyone Prays, a bright and colorful concept book celebrating the diverse ways that people pray. In a vibrant yet accessible manner, young readers are transported on a visual tour across the globe. They will discover the Native American Sun Dance ceremony, visit sacred sites in Jerusalem, view Shinto shrines in Japan, watch Maasai dances in Kenya, see pilgrimages to the river Ganges in India, and much, much more.
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“Christians, Jews, and Muslims all pray. So do Hindus and Buddhists. Many others pray too.” So begins Everyone Prays, a bright and colorful concept book celebrating the diverse ways that people pray. In a vibrant yet accessible manner, young readers are transported on a visual tour across the globe. They will discover the Native American Sun Dance ceremony, visit sacred sites in Jerusalem, view Shinto shrines in Japan, watch Maasai dances in Kenya, see pilgrimages to the river Ganges in India, and much, much more.

With an appendix to help answer questions children might have, Everyone Prays offers young hearts and minds a chance to learn that although people from other places and cultures may seem different, we all share the diverse world of faith and prayer. And what a bright and beautiful world it is!


The Author and Illustrator of this book

Alexis York Lumbard

Alexis York Lumbard is a busy mother and a gifted author of children’s books. Her newest book for World Wisdom (through the Wisdom Tales imprint) is Pine and the Winter Sparrow, illustrated by Beatriz Vidal. It is a beautiful retelling (with beautiful illustrations, too!) of a Native American story about the generosity of a tree to a suffering bird. Angels, Lumbard's previous book, is a small, but very poetical and colorful book for small children. The award-winning Angels was illustrated by the well-known artist Flavia Weedn. Alexis York Lumbard’s first book, the award-winning The Conference of the Birds (also a Wisdom Tales book), retells an ancient classic in a poetic way that is accessible to children. The art found throughout the book comes from the well-known illustrator, Demi.


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Alireza Sadeghian

Alireza Sadeghian is the illustrator of the Wisdom Tales children’s book The Knight, the Princess & the Magic Rock.

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Reviews of “Everyone Prays”

“Storyteller and author Lumbard (Angels) takes a multicultural approach to the subject of prayer. Both beginning readers and those still being read to should find this pictorial journey through the major religions’ prayer practices, as depicted by Iranian illustrator Sadeghian (The Knight, the Princess, and the Magic Rock), to be informative and engaging. The text is minimal, but the colorful, cartoonlike illustrations offer details that can serve as discussion starters. For example, “others use [water] for special ceremonies” depicts a baptism; “Some pray with their heads covered” shows a group of Muslim women wearing veils. Prayers from Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, Jains, and Shintos appear, and geography, rituals, objects, and reasons for prayer are shown (“People pray when they are happy”). An “About The World’s Religions” page that will help adults answer basic questions about the religions mentioned, and a list of notes for each illustration is provided. While everyone on Earth may not actually pray—around one in six people worldwide is not religiously affiliated—Lumbard’s examination respectfully and simply describes commonalities and differences among the billions of believers who do. Ages 4–8. (Mar.)”
Publishers Weekly



“(PreS-Gr 1) Using simple text, this title touches upon the traditions of prayer in the world’s major religions, treating each custom with respect and reverence. The colorful, detailed illustrations will help children to understand some of the elements of the religious practices by showing scenes of prayer in many different cultures. At the conclusion, the author provides an appendix with information about the religions named as well as a description of each of the scenes depicted throughout, both of which will be helpful for adults sharing this book with children. Although at first glance this title may seem basic, it in fact offers a gentle, effective way to introduce the youngest of children to the world’s religions and what they have in common.”
Sarah Reid, from a review in School Library Journal



“Written especially for young people ages 4-8, Everyone Prays: Celebrating Faith Around the World is an easy reader picturebook about the universal nature of religious faith. The thoughtful artwork depicts a Native American sun dance ceremony; visits to the sacred sites of Jerusalem; Japan’s Shinto shrines; Maasi dances in Kenya; pilgrimages to the holy river Ganges in India, and much more. The underlying message is that though people of divergent cultures have many different ways of praying, their expressions of love, humility, and respect for the divine are universal. Highly recommended, especially for its promotion of religious tolerance and understanding — sentiments that the twenty-first century world needs more than ever.”
—from a review in Children’s Bookwatch, a publication of the Midwest Book Review



“Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, among others, are portrayed through bright and thoughtful illustrations that illuminate the commonalities between religions in a manner accessible to children. The notes at the back of the book offer definitions for more advanced readers.”
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