School Sabbath

In honor of school starting this week, I thought I’d pull a few book quotes together. All of these come from children’s books. None mention the Sabbath, but since adopting this practice, I hear the words differently. I hope they fall lightly on your ears.


A luna moth sailed quietly through the night. And the cricket enjoyed the stillness.”


The Very Quiet Cricket, by Eric Carle


Good night, little girls! Thank the lord you are well!

And now go to sleep!’

said Miss Clavel.

And she turned out the light –

and closed the door –

and that’s all there is —

there isn’t any more.


Madeline, by Ludwig Bemelmans


Goodnight nobody.”


Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown


I don’t need very much now,”

said the boy,

just a quiet place to sit and rest.

I am very tired.”

Well,” said the tree,

straightening herself up

as much as she could,

well, an old stump is good

for sitting and resting.

Come, Boy, sit down.

Sit down and rest.”

And the boy did.

And the tree was happy.


The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein