A Prayer for the Animals by Daniel Kirk

A Prayer for the Animals by Daniel Kirk
Daniel Kirk begins this beautiful, heart-filling picture book with words that echo the Buddhist loving-kindness meditation. "May all the animals of the earth, and the animals of the sky, and the animals of the sea be at peace. May they be free of hunger, may they be free of fear, and may their hearts and minds be calm."
Kirk's Author's Note tells readers that October 4 is World Animal Day, which is also the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the Catholic patron saint of animals and the environment. As an artist and writer, Kirk has, "often used animals to tell stories of friendship and love," and he encourages readers to share, "our concern for animals by celebrating World Animal Day," and volunteering at shelters and/or making donations of food and money. 
Kirks ends his prayer with these words,

May our hearts be open to caring for the animals of this world, to being a friend, a protector of the big and small, that they might have the things we wish for ourselves . . . good things to eat, a safe place to live, and the companionship of friends and family, all the days of their lives.

A Prayer for the Animals will forever remind readers, with profound words and unforgettable illustrations, to empathize with the creatures we share this world with, on October 4 and every day.

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