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Summary: Line by line, the author provides an explanation for the themes in and meaning of this widely known Bible verse. This is a prayer parsed to make the language meaningful for children.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9
Interest Level: 2 to 6
Age of Child: Started reading with 5½-year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: Our child listened as we read Psalms 23. S/He focused on Mercy and Goodness, trying to understand who they were and how we could call them. S/He also wanted to know who the people were in the background. "Is this the people who don't like me?"
Adult Reader Reaction: The every-day context for the lines of Psalms 23 were helpful in giving this prayer meaning. Based on the questions we received, some of the concepts (even with explanation) would seem to be beyond the grasp of the youngest in this target audience.
Pros: Psalms 23 is presented as it is written in the King James version of the Bible, and annotated with content (and illustrations) that have meaning for children.
Cons: The illustration of a child sitting at a table with a birthday cake, ice cream, and presents seems out of context for the humble theme of the prayer as a whole, and "He Preparest A(sic) Table..."
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is an introductory-level discussion. You won't need to read this content-heavy version too many times before your child will appreciate the prayer in its "original" form.