A Prayer For Children

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Simon and Schuster, Mar 11, 1997 - Education - 208 pages
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This book is a loving celebration of the real lives of children. It expresses a simple philosophy: We are never so happy and so fulfilled as when we celebrate and care for children. A Prayer for Children begins with a poem of the same name that has already touched millions. It has been read twice on Good Morning America, used in Ann Landers's column, and reprinted by more than two thousand schools and community groups nationwide. The poem ends: We pray for children/who want to be carried, /and for those who must./For those we never give up on, /and for those who don't get a chance./For those we smother, /and for those who will grab the hand of anybody/kind enough to offer. In the rest of the book, in delightful prose that contains the insight of a Dr. Spock and the humor of an Erma Bombeck, Hughs highlights the hilarity, wisdom, and humanity of children in a series of brief, beautifully rendered parables. There are riotously funny accounts of shopping for clothes with kids and trying to get the whole family to place an order at one time at McDonald's. There are beautiful, wistful, nostalgic tales of uncles who twisted your ears until they ached. And there are also heart-breaking stories - including a four-year-old neighbor facing leukemia. Touching, hilarious, and bursting with love, A Prayer for Children is a book to cherish.
 

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An inspirational collection of short writings on subjects ranging from an 11-year-old's determination to rid herself of freckles to Helen Keller's perseverance in the presence of silence and blackness ... Read full review

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A few years ago Hughes, a columnist for the Knoxville News-Sentinel, wrote a poem entitled "A Prayer for Children," which has been widely reprinted by Ann Landers, the Children's Defense Fund, and ... Read full review

Contents

YOURS Pete
5
Melissa
11
Mark
15
Helen
19
David
25
Betty Ann
29
Sam and Cindy
35
Mackie
40
Tonya Lynn
55
Anne
60
Mac
64
Why Catalogues Were Invented
113
Daughters Who Care Too Much
123
McDarnits
135
A MothersDay Shootout
143
Working Mothers and Daughters
163

Isabella
45
Scott
50
Afterword
187
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Hughs has been a newspaper columnist for more than twenty years. Her Knoxville News-Sentinel columns have won numerous awards.

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