Monday, September 15, 2014

Candle Prayers for Kids by Claire Freedman illustrated by Jo Parry

About the book:  A delightful companion prayer book to the popular Candle Bible for Kids. Jo Parry's distinctively bold and vibrant illustrations complement a combination of traditional and modern prayers by Claire Freedman, author of the Benjamin Bear series. Candle Prayers for Kids helps to bring prayer and talking to God into the life of every child.

My thoughts:  Storytime can be turned into an opportunity to teach the habit and grace of prayer in the life of a child. A habit that should follow them through life. The opportunity should encompass all aspects of the child's life - success and failure, receiving and giving, hurting and hurting others. Every aspect of life. Petitions. Thanksgiving. Praise.

In Candle Prayers for Kids a parent can easily use the text to guide the child to think on the subject of prayer for that which is covered on each "story page." As the child thinks and repeats the prayer with the parent, the concept of engaging in prayer is taught and experienced. From that the child can grow to verbalize his or her own words of prayers.

These are not necessarily prayers to be memorized such as "Now I lay me down to sleep....." They are prayers to teach, guide, and engage. I see this as a valuable tool for the Christian parent to utilize to bring their young child to an understanding of prayer.

Illustrated in bold and captivating art using strong primary colors, Candle Prayers for Kids will surely capture the attention and heart of young children. I can visualize younger children carrying this little book around after having had it read to them and "showing" his own Teddy Bears and dolls the pictures and helping them, too, learn to pray. Remember, the play of children is their work and their life.

DISCLOSURE:  I received a complimentary from Kregel in exchange for my review. No compensation was received. Opinions expressed are solely my own.

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