June 22, 2012

Spiritual connections

Places of Power
by Michael DeMunn
illustrated by Noah Buchanan

In The Penderwicks on Gardam Street, Jane Penderwick visits a special place where curses can be lifted and wishes granted. She sits atop Enchanted Rock, which to her is a place of great magic. It is her Place of Power.

Every child needs a Place of Power, where they can find comfort, strength, and peace. This book tells children how to find their own Place of Power and what they may discover within it. The beautiful paintings remind them of the spiritual connection between people and nature.

These other stories may be fictional, but they show children that Places of Power can be found all around them if they know where to look.

Morning on the Lake
by Jan Bourdeau Waboose

An Ojibway grandfather takes his grandchild on an early morning canoe trip, where they glimpse a family of loons, a noontime hike up a mountain, where the child is touched by an eagle, and an evening walk in the woods, where they are welcomed by wolves.

The lake, the mountain, and the woods are the grandfather's special places, and now they are his grandchild's as well.

Between Earth & Sky: Legends of Native American Sacred Places
by Joseph Bruchac & Thomas Locker

With exquisite words and paintings, this book explains the origins of ten sacred places in the United States and parts of Canada.

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