A good prayer makes you think, and it may even make you laugh! These prayers have been collected from every corner of the world and though the words may differ from country to country, the same universal themes of love, forgiveness, and hope run through them all. There are prayers for night and day, graces for mealtimes, and blessings too. Beautiful illustrations help to make this a perfect first prayer book for young children.Recommended for ages 4 to 8.
A good prayer makes you think, and it may even make you laugh! These prayers have been collected from every corner of the world and though the words may differ from country to country, the same universal themes of love, forgiveness, and hope run through them all. There are prayers for night and day, graces for mealtimes, and blessings too. Beautiful illustrations help to make this a perfect first prayer book for young children.
Jeremy Brooks lives and works in London. He spent his childhood in Burundi, in Central Africa. He now serves as a priest in the Church of England and works with children in a number of local schools as well as in church each week.
Elena Gomez lives and works in Paris. Her previous books for children include Through the Heart of the Jungle, written by Jonathan Emmett (Hodder), The House that Jack Built (Scholastic Hippo), and Elliot and the Big Wave by Frances McKay (Hodder).
Gr 1-4-A collection of 26 prayers assembled under the headings, "Prayers for
the Morning," "Mealtime Graces," "Prayers for Nighttime," and "Blessings." A
brief introduction and comments at the beginning of each chapter reflect on
the place of prayer in our lives. Written in simple, easy-to-read language,
the entreaties are recited by children in a variety of lands. From a prayer
of thanksgiving, "Come, Lord Jesus, be our guest/And let these gifts to us be
blessed" (Germany), to a request for strength and guidance (Israel), to "O
God,/Help me never to judge another/Until I have walked two weeks in his
moccasins" (Native American, Sioux), each selection addresses universal
issues and emotions. Dreamlike, decorative paintings that reflect the various
cultures greatly enhance the selections and emphasize the book's message of
inclusiveness. Although such compilations as Lois Rock's My Very First Prayers
(2003) and Rebecca Winter's Prayers for Children (2005, both Good Bks) are
more comprehensive, this offering is a fine addition.-Linda L. Walkins, Mount
Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Prayer seems to come more easily to children, who are not as hung-up on the
formalities of talking with God as grownups can be. So goes the philosophy of
Brooks, who here gathers children's prayers from around the globe. He arranges
numerous entries into thematic sections such as "Mealtime Graces" and
"Prayers for Nighttime," offering a brief introduction to each category.
Throughout, Gomez's textured, mixed-media artwork introduces imagery from
different countries and cultures, as well as such universally recognizable
objects as fruit, bread, moon and stars. The stylized design often rolls the
art across a spread, offering varying perspectives. A prayer from India about
a hen protecting its chicks under its wings is accompanied by a memorable
painting of a large white hen shielding two sleeping children, while bold red
tail feathers depict Indian motifs. This accessible anthology celebrates such
common themes of prayer as love and gratitude, and also the diverse ways they
are expressed. All ages. (Jan.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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