"Wood conveys a sense of something larger in the world, and gives voice to the human longing to understand." – KIRKUS REVIEWS (starred review)
Grandad is the boy’s best friend. Being with him always makes the world seem right. And how vast that world is: a world of tall trees that reach for the clouds and sun and moon and stars – and what else is reaching for heaven but a prayer? Each time he and Grandad walk in the woods, the boy listens for the prayers of the earth. And finally the boy asks: "Are our prayers answered?" One day, long after Grandad is gone, long after the boy is grown, he understands Grandad’s reply: "If we listen very closely, a prayer is often its own answer." Douglas Wood, author of OLD TURTLE, has written a wise and moving story for all ages, beautifully illustrated by the acclaimed P.J. Lynch.
About the Author
Douglas Wood is the author of numerous books for adults and children, including the highly acclaimed and bestselling OLD TURTLE, which won the ABBY Award for 1993 and was named IRA Book of the Year. Of GRANDAD'S PRAYERS OF THE EARTH, he says, "I feel I've been getting ready to write this book all my life, for it is about my wise and gentle hero, my Grandad. It's a prayer and a thankyou, a walk in the woods and a remembering smile; and it is for anyone who has ever had a woods to walk, a prayer to whisper, a hero to love." Douglas Wood lives with his family in a log cabin on the banks of the Mississippi River in Minnesota. This is his first book for Candlewick Press.
P.J. Lynch is the renowned illustrator of many children's picture books and has twice been awarded both the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Christopher Medal.