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Posted September 9, 2010
For those who like quantity, not quality
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100 Prayers God Loves to Hear, 100 Praise Songs is exactly what it sounds like. Stephen Elkins took 100 prayers - from the Bible, to rhyming prayer ditties (like "Now I lay me down to sleep"), to The Serenity Prayer - grouped them with little quotes like "It would be much better to forget to play than to forget to pray!", and added illustrations by Tim O'Connor. But wait, there's more. The book is accompanied by 100 Praise Songs, a song for each prayer.
This book for kids might have worked out great if Elkins didn't have to keep with the "100? number (he also has 100 Bible Stories, 100 Songs). If he had taken perhaps the top 15 (maybe 20 at a stretch) and really focused on making quality instead of quantity, perhaps I would have liked this book. The 2 CD's of 50 songs each will probably never find it to our stereo again. Some people do like cheesy kids choir songs, and that's okay, but I'm not one of them.
Am I quickly turning into the reviewer who always gives a bad review? I hope not. I think that we should place quality books in children's hands.
The only impressive thing for me about this book was the sheer number of pages for a kids book.