Archive for May, 2014
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We are on the tenth blessing of the Nisim B’Chol Yom/the blessings for daily miracles recited during morning prayers:
“Praise to You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the universe,
Who made me in the image of God.”
What a powerful and life affirming statement – each of us is made in the image of God. If we truly looked at each other in this light – seeing the God in each human being, I wonder how the world might change:
- Would anyone need guns, weapons of mass destruction, war?
- Would anyone be hungry, uneducated, too cold, too hot?
- Would anyone be unable to find a doctor, a dentist, a hospital?
- Would anyone be abused, forgotten, unwanted, lonely?
Think about it. Look around you. Is there a person in your life, in your neighborhood, in your office who, if seen differently, you might treat differently? How might that change their life…or yours?
I Dream for You a World: Covenant for Our Children. Written by Charisse Carney-Nunes. Illustrated by Anne Marie Williams. ©2007 Brand Nu Words. Ages 4-8. While this book was written primarily for the African-American community, it is in actuality a road map for any group looking to build a foundation of values on which to grow and thrive in diverse community capitalizing on everyone’s skills and resources.
It’s Okay to Be Different. Written and illustrated by Todd Parr. ©2001. Little, Brown and Company. Ages 3-8. Using his unique, colorful and distinctive artistic style, Todd Parr makes it very clear that being different is not only “Okay,” it is actually healthy, special and important.
Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale. Written and Illustrated by John Steptoe. ©1987. Lothrop Lee & Shepard books. Ages 4-8. Mufaro has two beautiful daughters, Nyasha and Manyara. When the king decides to take a wife, Mufaro wants both girls to have a chance to be wed. However, Nyasha is kind and Manyara is selfish. Their traits are discovered by what how they react to the people and things they see as they journey to the king.
People. Written and Illustrated by Peter Spier. ©1980. Doubleday Books for Young Readers. Ages 4-8. This incredible picture book is filled with facts, figures and illustrations about people – how we are the same, how we are different and we can all live together on this big wonderful world. A classic!
Shades of People. Written by Shelley Rotner and Sheila M. Kelly. Photographs by Shelley Rotner. ©2009. Holiday House. Ages 3-8. If you really look at people…really, really look, you will notice that people do not come in colors, they come in shades. This wonderful book manages to show them all with incredible, colorful photographs.
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