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A small child's book of prayers
Szekeres, Cyndy.
Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic, 1999.
Physical Description:
32 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
A collection of simple prayers for young children, illustrated with human-like rabbits, mice, cats, and other animals.
General Note:
"Cartwheel books."
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BV265 .S63 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
BV265 .S63 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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This joyous picture book offers simple prayers and poems that remind readers of life's many blessings. Timeless and familiar selections such as "A Child's Grace" and "All Things Bright and Beautiful (The Creation)" receive an extra helping of warmth from the author's charming array of animals. Full color.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages. 4^-6. Although some of the 15 selections in this small book are poems about God and nature rather than prayers, the book's simple content and gentle tone make it an appealing choice. Included are many familiar prayers, such as "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep," as well as lesser-known ones and short poems by such writers as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Cecil Frances Alexander, and Ogden Nash. The anthropomorphic illustrations show woodland animals--rabbits, cats, mice, and chipmunks--romping from sunrise to sunset, corresponding with morning and evening prayers. The selections will help children learn to give thanks for their blessings, with one prayer dealing with the situation when desires are denied: "Please give me what I ask, / Dear Lord, / If You'd be glad about it. / But if you think it's / Not for me, / Please help me do without it." Better books of this kind are available, and this sweet collection, which actually borders on the saccharine, is most appropriate for a larger library. --Shelley Townsend-Hudson

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-Both of these small-sized offerings contain Szekeres's familiar illustrations of sweet, smiling, wide-eyed animals. While more than half of the selections in Poems are by Marchette Chute, there are also pieces by Langston Hughes and Christina Rossetti. With familiar offerings such as Edith Rutter Leatham's "A Child's Grace" ("Thank You for the world so sweet,/Thank You for the food we eat..."), as well as less well-known blessings such as Ogden Nash's "Now Another Day Is Breaking," Prayers might be of use in religious schools. Still, with many fine anthologies of children's poetry and prayers available that feature thoughtful book design and exceptional illustrations, it is hard to see these books as anything more than slight offerings for the preschool market.-Kathleen Whalin, Greenwich Country Day School, CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.