The premise is very simple. The moon asks the sun what praying means. And they go on a journey to earth to understand. They come across many religions, people, nature and finally understand.
What we loved 💜This book is like meditation in itself. Written in easy-flowing rhyme, it is super soothing. 💜 Magical illustrations that are diverse, and depict people of all colours, types, preferences. 💜The message of the book, that it does not matter which religion one follows, all that matters is gratitude, mindfulness and finding God in each other and the universe. 💜 This book is a great conversation starter- natural phenomena, flora and fauna, religious places, religions, etc. 💜Lastly, there is a fun exercise to spot the hidden lotus, compass and fish on every page making one pause every now and then.
How would you teach your child about prayer and its purpose? How would you teach them that every religion is different yet so similar in faith? How, we, the Earthlings are one in the eyes of the Universe? All these questions are answered with this one gem by Trishla in Sunrise Moonrise. The cover of the book made me think this would be a book like any other G.K book on religion but I was so wrong. It is more than that. This book enlightens one on faith in prayers, how they are celebrated in different religions yet share the same purpose. To look deep inside and say 'why' or 'wow' I would definitely recommend this book if you want to teach your kid different faiths and let them learn with open minds.
Trishla Jain, you have created this gem along with neat and colourful illustrations by Kristin Eggers.
Of late I have had a crisis of faith. To clarify, by crisis I do not mean that I am questioning my religion and its standing or that I’m looking for answers elsewhere, but that I’m trying to figure out if I even want to believe that God exists. Given my personal conundrum, I have been a bit cautious with talking about God and religion with my child except the ‘mattha tek’ twice a day. When I do talk to her about it, I want to be able to convincingly give her answers when she asks questions.
In such a situation when I got my hands on a book like ‘Sunrise Moonrise’, I was extremely happy (and relieved) that even though this is a book about prayer, it is not a book about religion - not one in particular, and even not about them all in general. And that’s why I LOVE IT!
Written by Trishla Jain and illustrated by Kirstin Eggers, this gorgeous beauty is the perfect first book to get a child acquainted with prayer and the myriad ways in which it can be done.
It starts with the Moon asking the Sun, “What does it mean to pray?” Together, they journey to Earth with “open hearts and minds” to see what praying is all about. In a fun, rhyming prose, we get to explore how people from different cultures and faiths pray - some chant, some sing, some kneel and bow their heads, some meditate, some offer flowers - and that praying means to LOOK DEEP INSIDE and “find blessings and prizes.” I LOVE how no God was mentioned and that simply meditating was also included as a form of prayer. While talking about different forms of prayer the illustrations do show temples, churches, mosques, synagogues… and a BEAUTIFUL MEADOW.
My biggest takeaway from that book was that it doesn’t matter where or how we do it, as long as we find the time to pray (in whatever form) and that when we do, it comes from the heart. That finding peace WITHIN yourself and being at peace WITH yourself and others also counts as prayer. As an adult, it eased my currently questioning mind a bit, and I know I can find a bit of solace in meditation, at least until I find the answers I am looking for.
And like her other book that I wrote about previously (Om the Gnome), this book too has a mini “I spy” on each page where kids have to find a lotus, a compass, and a fish, in between the other gorgeous and colourful items that the pages are full of.
Laddoo has yet to sit through an entire reading of this book and I guess it’ll be a while before she can fully grasp what it is trying to say, but I can be patient until then. Because this is one book I WANT her to read.
To pray means to be right here and right now. It means to look deeper and say, "why?" Or "wow!"
Written with the intention of introducing the concept of prayer and how people of different faiths pray differently, but with the same basic intention, this book is not only great in content but illustrations as well. More than anything else, what matters the most is that the children have peace and light in their hearts , which connects people together, like waves in the sea. . Read this book out loud to your children to spark a discussion about the meaning of prayer and what it can do for us.
This book talks about prayer and the existence of multiple religions in the world. It is a good subject for older children, yet it isn’t something that would appeal to or catch the attention of toddlers, even though it is written for them. The illustrations by Kirsten Eggers are lovely.
It is written with a rhyme scheme but most of the rhymes seem forced. Compared to other children’s literature on the market, it falls short on its writing. However, for the uniqueness of its subject, I give it 3/5.
This is the second book of Trishla Jain that I have read and am reviewing. The first one was Om the Gnome and the Chanting Comb. You can read the review in the earlier post. This book is about praying and finding a purpose in praying.
The book shows the different ways people of various faiths and cultures on this earth pray. Some pray through chanting, some through singing gospel in churches, some by bowing their heads and kneeling, some by meditating, some by listening carefully in synagogues and some by offering flowers in temples. There is no fixed way of praying, it can be done as the person wishes as long as it is not about pining and whining.
I like that the subject of praying is introduced in a gentle manner. The book talks about how it doesn't matter how you pray, why or where. But what matters is you take the time out to care. Praying brings peace and light and make you connected with the stars and the sky.
I like the book and would recommend it to all parents of 5 to 8 year olds as it talks about praying as a discipline, nothing more, nothing less. Also, the illustrations are lovely. One of the interesting things about the book is that there is a hidden lotus, compass and fish on every page, and it is a good activity for kids to spot them.
This book is a nice way of introducing different religions to the children. It beautifully explains the idea of coexisting religions and different beliefs. If emphasizes on importance of prayer and respecting all religions because they teach same thing at the end.