Monday, April 5, 2010

"This Little Prayer of Mine" by Anthony DeStefano and Illustrated by Mark Elliott

"This Little Prayer of Mine" by Anthony DeStefano and illustrated by Mark Elliott is an excellent children's book. While it focuses on prayer and is endorsed by the National Day of Prayer, it is not some somber book that kids will not like. Rather, it contains copious references to childhood that little ones will adore. The verses rhyme and are short on the pages. Also, the book has pictures and activities that will make it enjoyable for both boys and girls. The images themselves are in a painting style and are of the utmost quality and artistic depth. While this book talks about God listening to prayers and having mercy, there are many kid-friendly juxtapositions. Scenarios like monsters in the night, toys breaking, playing outside, being neglected, going to school, enjoying the weather, sharing, and growing up are all portrayed. At the end, the message printed is so wholesome that readers of all ages can't help but smile; "Please love me God ,forevermore. That's all I want. Amen" (DeStefano).

This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.

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