My First Prayers

My First Prayers

by Jeremy Brooks, Laure Fournier
     
 

My First Prayers is an illustrated collection of 15 simple prayers from all over the world chosen especially for very young children. It brings together sacred words from Poland, Native America, Japan, East Africa, India, and Europe, each speaking to universal themes, feelings, and occasions. There are prayers for different moods and for all hours of the

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My First Prayers is an illustrated collection of 15 simple prayers from all over the world chosen especially for very young children. It brings together sacred words from Poland, Native America, Japan, East Africa, India, and Europe, each speaking to universal themes, feelings, and occasions. There are prayers for different moods and for all hours of the day — from rising time to playtime, mealtimes to family time, and of course bedtime. Easy-to-read text and charming illustrations make this the perfect first prayer book for any young child.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Fifteen prayers from different parts of the world are presented in this collection. Some of the prayers may be familiar and some may be new to the reader. The selection is focused on children's prayers from England, Germany, the United States, Poland, South Africa, India, France, and East Africa. The different prayers take the reader from dawn to dusk. The first prayer begins with the waking moment of a child as the day starts. There are illustrations of different children during various moments of their day. A variety of prayers are shared including ones that give thanks for meals, playtimes, and weather. There is a Cherokee blessing that sends good wishes for all. As the book nears the end, the day moves to the evening and bedtime prayers bring a gentle, quiet finish as sleepy children are tucked in bed for the night. Beginning with the end page, the periodic appearance of the angels in the illustrations of the book seems like a simple reminder of the heavenly guardians watching over the children as the day passes. On the cataloging and publication page, the sources of the prayers are acknowledged. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal

K-Gr 2

Brooks has collected prayers from a variety of nations including Poland, South Africa, the United States, and France, as well as several from his native England. The book features prayers of thanks, requests for guidance, blessings, and bedtime prayers. They may be said at different times of the day and in a variety of situations, including celebrating a day at the beach ("...for jumping the tide, for having a ride/for laughter and fun, praise God, everyone"). Each heavenly entreaty is brief, some composed of a single line ("O God, look on us and be always with us,/that we may live happily"). Fournier's watercolor, acrylic, and pencil illustrations echo the comforting message of the text. The paintings feature school-aged children of many ethnicities engaged in common childhood activities. One girl plays hopscotch, other kids puddle jump, and two more make snow angels. The characters' individuality is emphasized by the colors and patterns in their clothing and the cultural details included in each painting. Several of the vibrant illustrations contain a recurring angel motif. Young readers will appreciate Brooks's gentle message of acceptance and inclusiveness as they learn the prayers. Although not as comprehensive as Mary Joslin's The Lion Book of Best-Loved Prayers (Lion, 2008) or Rebecca Winter's Prayers for Children (Good Bks., 2005), this book will enhance most religion collections.-Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA

Kirkus Reviews
Fifteen short prayers for younger children appear in this collection, accompanied by illustrations of children from many different cultures and ethnic groups. The prayers are primarily Christian-the author is an English vicar-with the inclusion of a Cherokee prayer that refers to the Great Spirit and a brief prayer from India that does not mention God. Others are from England, the United States, European nations, East Africa and South Africa. Fournier's attractive illustrations are well integrated into the text, with some joyful scenes of children playing outdoors in different locations. Sharp-eyed children will notice that the illustration for the beloved German prayer "Fourteen Angels" (from Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel) has not 14 but 15 angels guarding the little blond girl asleep in her bed. Though there are many collections of prayers for children, this one's strengths are the brevity of the prayers and the varied ethnicity of the children in the cheerful illustrations. A list of acknowledgements gives some greater specificity to the prayers' origins. (Picture book/religion. 3-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845075354
Publisher:
Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Publication date:
03/01/2009
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
9.60(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 Months to 4 Years

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