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Publisher: HarperBlessings, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2008
Summary: In this collection of nine illustrated prayers, children will find familiar verses ("Jesus Loves Me") and new ones, too. This is an early-reader prayer book, that uses words and pictures as part of the prayers.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, learning to read, read aloud book, easy reader
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 5 to 8
Interest Level: 3 to 8
Reading Level: 0.7
Age of Child: Read by girl nearly 7 years old.
Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter enjoyed selecting prayers and reciting them. More often than not she wanted to set them to her own tunes, which helped reinforce the reading, as she wanted to sing the verses again.
Adult Reader Reaction: We liked having a book that offered more sophisticated prayers, such as "All Things Bright and Beautiful," but which she can begin to read independently. This is a nice blend of traditional prayers and original ones. The illustrations are lovely, as well.
Pros: Children learning to read will take pride in being able to recite new prayers.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a nice book to help a child celebrate their faith "in their own words," but it is a developmental book that they will outgrow.
Educational Themes: You can use this book to celebrate your faith and help children develop their reading skills. There is an illustrated vocabulary list at the front of the book to help emerging readers connect images and words.
Literary Categories: Nonfiction - Christian, picture book