I loved this children's book...the illustrations are engaging to my 3 year old. The prayer is simple enough for him to understand and covers so much that a prayer should. Thankfulness, requests, praise, forgiveness...all in words and form that a child can understand. My son recently had to have a procedure done in the hospital and this is the book he wanted to read right before he went in for the anesthesia. It is one of my favorites!! And will be for a long long time.
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I never grow tired of reviewing children's books. "This Little Prayer of Mine" was a true joy to read. A simple, rhyming prayer, spoken from the heart of a child. "Whenever I feel really scared and I want to hide my head, please help me to be brave and strong and face my fears instead". What a wonderful line, so different from "and if I die before I wake", which always seemed to me a scary thing to be praying with a child at bedtime. The illustrations are calming in their muted shades, leading me to visions of a child curled up on my lap, dimmed lights, and lullabies playing while we'd read this prayer together at bedtime. Highly recommended!
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"This Little Prayer of Mine" by Anthony DeStefano is a delightful prayer in poem. This could easily become a favorite bedtime book of any child.
Teaching children how to pray can be difficult but I think that DeStefano has nailed it with this book. He includes some elements which many adults should include in their prayers. Help me to be generous, love me forever, help me do the things I should be doing, and forgive me when I don't. This prayer model touches on things that impact kids, but also adults_
This book belongs in every church Ã¢â¬Ës elementary Sunday school library, and would make a great gift for parents or grandparents who read to their small children.
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In This Little Prayer of Mine, by Anthony DeStefano, we follow a child through everyday life scenarios, from fear of the dark to ministry work, all while praying to God for assistance, comfort, companionship, and forgiveness, as well as offering thanks.
This Little Prayer is a nice change of pace from the average children's picture book. Not out to impress, but rather to calm and to quiet; its rhythmic, rhyming prose easily draws children into prayer.
Similar in format to Amy Parker's A Night Night Prayer for the 0-3 set, This Little Prayer would be a great follow-up as children grow to face more diverse world experiences and greater praying potential.
With that being said about the book's subject matter, what about the illustrations? I must admit I have mixed feelings about Mark Elliott's illustrations. They aren't a style that I normally prefer; I can't place my finger on it, but there's something a bit strange to me in these pictures. However, I do actually appreciate reading an occasional book that doesn't have the standard, typical, seen-it-already children's illustrations. So, I guess I end up neutral on the question of illustrations.
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I received This Little Prayer of Mine by Anthony DeStefano. It is illustrated by Mark Elliot.
I like the idea of making prayer a natural part of a child's life. I loved that this book tells children to look to God for strength when they are scared, and to ask Him for help in following Him. I also believe that helping the poor and sick is something not taught to children these days, and was delighted to see that included.
That said, the photo on the cover of the "cherubs" was creepy, and my daughter would not sit and listen to the story because she was afraid of the cover! I also did not love that it ended with the child asking God to love her/him. I think it may confuse children into thinking God's love is not unconditional.
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