Gathering Sparks (Hardcover)

By Howard Schwartz, Kristina Swarner (Illustrator)

Roaring Brook Press, 9781596432802, 32pp.

Publication Date: August 3, 2010

List Price: 16.99*
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A grandfather lovingly teaches his grandchild a lesson about the centuries-old concept of tikkun olam. Gently told and gorgeously illustrated, this intergenerational picture book offers a soothing and universal message for our troubled times.

About the Author

Howard Schwartz's children's books have won the Aesop Award of the American Folklore Society, the National Jewish Book Award, and the Storytelling World Award. He lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

Kristina Swarner illustrates books and cards, and has paintings in numerous private collections. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Praise For Gathering Sparks

“The second-person free-verse text is complemented by dreamy, nature-filled mixed-media paintings in smudgy purple, blue and green hues that extend the theme that all are responsible, in whatever small way, for creating and maintaining a peaceful world.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This is a handsome book with a timeless message.” —School Library Journal

“A quietly lovely picture book from the author and illustrator of Before You Were Born (2005).” —Booklist

“There are many good things children can do to gather sparks, but loving someone, says the grandfather, is the very best. It's theology that even the youngest can understand; Schwartz's lulling voice and Swarner's gentle illustrations make it seem easy and infinitely worth doing.” —Publishers Weekly