This earth helped me to recite a poem
when I was a guest at our library story time today.
And this sun.
Earth who gives to us this food.
Sun who makes it ripe & good.
Dearest Earth & Dearest Sun.
We'll not forget what you have done.
By Christian Morgenstern
The poem was from Katherine Paterson's new book,
Giving Thanks: Poems, Prayers & Praise Songs of Thanksgiving.
She compiled selections from many places, traditions & religions. Wonderful!
I helped the librarian to dramatize The First Strawberries by Joseph Bruchac with paper "puppets, & she read Giving Thanks by Chief Jake Swamp, which has long been a favorite book of mine to read to children at this time of year. All this inbetween lots of wiggles & giggles & itsy bitsy spiders in a happy group of young children & their adults.