At the conclusion of Keith Harvey's novel, Cave Gossip, the protagonist recites an aphorism: being in being is. Sea Snails on a Black Chow's Tongue explores the meaning of this aphorism. The poems in this collection, then, deal with man's basic aloneness in being; a castaway, if you will, in his own existence.
A series of simple questions directs young readers to determine the differences between seemingly similar objects, encouraging them to develop powers of observation, discrimination, and visual analysis. There's plenty of opportunity to practice counting, too (but that's just the beginning ). With eye-catching, bold illustrations by a two-time Caldecott Honor-Book recipient.
Three Nails tells the story of a man whose life is shatter by the death of his son. Month by month, from August to June, we are taken on a journey of pain, healing and redemption. The effects of a tragic accident send a wave of change through a family, a marriage and a career. It's the story of a teacher whose daily interaction with colleagues and students act as a magnifying glass on his troubled soul. Just a dawn follows the darkness the return of a prodigal child brings healing in an unexpected way. James 1:12 assures us, "Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him." Sometimes all of our hurts can be as simple as three nails.
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