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A Wish And A Prayer

A Wish And A Prayer

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by Beth Bence Reinke, Ginger Nielson (Illustrator)

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Which is better, a wish or a prayer? What is the difference between a wish and a prayer?


Which is better, a wish or a prayer? What is the difference between a wish and a prayer?

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4RV Publishing
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8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.08(d)

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Wish and a Prayer 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
KidBookExaminer More than 1 year ago
I recently read In My Bath by Beth Bence Reinke, so I couldn't resist checking out her second book, A Wish and a Prayer. When Jason's pet parakeet, Sunny, escapes out a window and disappears, not even Jason's special whistle can coax her back. In hopes of bringing Sunny home, Jason and his friends make wishes on traditional "wishing" objects for a whole week. He wishes on a penny in the fountain, birthday candles, and even a clock. But there's no sign of Sunny. When Mom asks, "Is a wish the same as a prayer," Jason realizes nobody's heard his wishes. So before bedtime, Jason closes his eyes and prays for Sunny to come home. This is an endearing tale that reminds everyone about the power of prayer and the importance of tapping into God's love. God, through prayer, opens eyes, changes hearts, heals wounds, and grants wisdom. You may wish all you want on material things, but it's God who created those things and has the power to hear and answer prayers. A strong tale to share with any young reader.
Beverly_Stowe More than 1 year ago
Beth Bence Reinke's picture book, A WISH AND A PRAYER, is the story of a boy and his parakeet. It's also a story of wishes and prayers. One day Jason is pretending he's Captain Jason, a pirate, and Sonny is a pirate parakeet. His mother is shaking a rug out the open window while Jason and Sonny whistle and chirp at each other as only a boy and his pet can communicate. When an ambulance roars down the street, Sonny, terrified by the siren, flies out the window. Jason tweets and whistles, but Sonny is gone. So the search begins. Ms. Reinke has written a lovely story about wishes and prayers and how Jason comes to realize the difference between the two. Ginger Nielson's illustrations bring the story to life with characters that you just want to reach out and hug and tell them all will be okay. This picture book could be used in Sunday school classes, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classes, and up to second or third grade. I also recommend it for parents and grandparents to snuggle up with their little ones at bedtime and read together.
SallyPinkReviews More than 1 year ago
Jason learns the difference between wishes and prayers in "A Wish and a Prayer." Geared for 5-8 year-olds, this heartwarming story will leave young readers with smiles. Jason loses his pet parrot, Sonny. Young readers can identify with Jason's sense of loss and his desire to see Sonny again. This is a great story for parents to share with children who have experienced that same sense of loss. "A Wish and a Prayer' also affirms the hope and love of God's presence in our lives in a way young readers can relate to. The story's illustrations are eye-catching. Children will be cheering for Jason to be reunited with Sonny. "A Wish and a Prayer" will resonate with young readers long after they've read the book.
CAReview More than 1 year ago
A Wish and a Prayer by Beth Reinke is the story of Jason, a boy whose pet parakeet, Sonny, flies out his window after being startled by a siren from an ambulance speeding down the street. Jason is upset about the loss of his little friend and wants to get him back. His friends encourage him with different ways to make a wish, including tossing a penny in a fountain and wishing on a star. He tries these wishes for a week, but Sonny doesn't return. Jason's mother asks him who hears his wishes, and what is the difference between a wish and a prayer. This causes Jason to do some serious thinking and realize that wishes are made on objects that can't hear or act, but prayers are heard by God, who has the power to answer those prayers. This lovely book, beautifully illustrated by Ginger Nelson, provides a valuable lesson to children about the importance of prayer.
SFC_Magazine More than 1 year ago
Synopsis: This is an enchanting book about a boy, Jason, who has a pet parakeet. Jason loved to let Sonny, the parakeet, fly around his room as often as he could. However, on one particular morning, Jason's mother came in to clean up his room. When she opened the door to shake out the mat, Sonny flew out the window. Jason looked for him everywhere, but there was no sign of him. Jason was devastated and made several wishes for Sonny to come back home. But sadly he didn't for quite a few days. Then, finally, Jason decided to pray that his little feathered friend was safe and would return, and his wish was granted. Overall thoughts: This is a great book that has many messages for kids. One of them is the power of prayer. If kids can learn to trust prayer, their lives could be forever transformed. Also, there's a lesson about the importance of perseverance and patience. Jason was patient, although he worried that Sonny would not come back.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago