Item description for Prayer for a Child by Rachel Field & Elizabeth Orton Jones...
Overview A prayer celebrates family, friends, God's protection, and all the everyday things in a young child's world.
Publishers Description This very special prayer just for children is perfect for even the youngest reader. In this new gift book edition Caldecott-winning "Prayer for a Child" is sure to win new fans and become a favorite. * * * "Keep growing in faith and joy through Little Simon Inspirations books for your child "
Citations And Professional Reviews Prayer for a Child by Rachel Field & Elizabeth Orton Jones has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Ingram Children's Advance - 01/01/2005 page 26
PW Notes and Reprints - 05/30/2005 page 65
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Studio: Little Simon Inspirations
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.24" Width: 5.3" Height: 1.14" Weight: 0.74 lbs.
Binding Board Books
Release Date Mar 1, 2005
Publisher Simon & Schuster
ISBN 0689878869 ISBN13 9780689878862
Availability 0 units.
More About Rachel Field & Elizabeth Orton Jones
Rachel Field wrote A Prayer for a Child "for her own daughter, before sharing it with children around the world. Rachel Field's other books for children include Newbery Medalist Hitty, Her First Hundred Years"; Calico Bush"; and Hepatica Hawks".
Reviews - What do customers think about Prayer for a Child?
Classic child's prayer Sep 11, 2005
I recently purchased this book as a gift for my 10 month old daughter for her baptism. I received the book as a gift from my parents when I was a child (the hardback version) and have fond memories of having it read to me. I decided on the board book because it will survive all the wear and tear infants tend to inflict upon books. I will most likely purchase the hardback version when she is a little older, but I recommend this book (and its construction) to any parent wanting to read a lovely, gentle prayer to a sticky-fingered infant.
sweet and lovely Aug 5, 2005
My 2 year old sits still for about 2 books a night--maybe 3. When we read this book (at my sister's house), she wanted to re-read it---4 times. Something about it grabbed her, and she fell in love. I found it sweet myself, and can't wait to get one for our house.
A great Classic! Jan 2, 2005
When my oldest child was born (he is now 22) a very good friend of my mother's sent him this book. When he was old enough for me to read to him, I read this book every night. After my daughter was born (19 years ago) I read it to her, also. Eventually, I had to read the book seperately to them, because they wanted their special time with me, and they each had special parts of the book that was their favorite.
My friend's daughter recently had a baby girl, and when I was pondering what to send, my daughter suggested this book, because it was so special to her. I came to this site to see if it was still in print, and thankfully it is! This book is very special for many reasons. It is a thorough, but simple prayer that covers everything a child may have been concerned about throughout the day. The illustrations are good, and it is these illustrations that my children remember and cherish so well after all these years. I got out the worn out book, with torn pages, and relived the special bedtime readings that I had with my children. I highly recommend this book -- it was special for me, and my children just as "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep" was special when I was young.
A wonderful bedtime book! Nov 18, 2004
This is a favorite in our house at bedtime. Our girls (5, 3 & 2) love to look at and talk about the adorable pictures. They love to read along with me also. We are purchasing our second copy because the baby tore up the last couple of pages not too long ago. We can't live without the complete copy! A great gift idea also.
A review calculated to raise ire. Lovely lovely ire. Nov 12, 2004
I think it all comes down to what you really want out of your Caldecott Medal winning picture books. If you want smart, tightly written, even (dare I say?) amusing stories then you'd probably migrate towards "My Friend Rabbit" or even "Mei Li". If, on the other hand, you're looking for a book that is basically a novelization of those treacly "Precious Moments" figurines, "Prayer For a Child" is for you. Let me say right here and now that I have absolutely no problem with a well-written Christian children's picture book. But to my mind, even the most hastily slapped together "Veggie Tales" novelization has more intrinsic value than this 1942 award winner. And I think we can safely ascribe the blame to one person and one person alone. Illustrator Elizabeth Orton Jones.
In this story, we read a poem intended for every red-blooded Christian American child. The prayer asks for blessings upon their toys, their bed, and their friends. It gives honor to the child's father and mother and is pretty much your standard bedtime fare. So that's fine. Then we get into the pictures. The book itself was written in 1942, a time when children's books were sometimes downright gritty. "Prayer For a Child" is not gritty. "Prayer For a Child" is downright cutesy-pie. Our heroine is an adorable little blonde child dressed in footie pajamas (complete with a flap in the back). She has adorable little white friends and lives in an adorable little room with adorable little angel dolls. That's pretty much all you can say about her. Illustrator Jones didn't pepper this book with much in the way of surprises. She did, to her credit, include a section about blessing children everywhere in which the accompanying illustration shows adorable children from around the globe. But the pictures themselves are poorly done. The shot of the girl as she attempts to lie on her bed is downright bizarre in terms of perspective. Half her body lies happily on the bed while her lower half seems to be standing upright, mid-step. Yet the bed fills the entire frame. This is just one of a myriad of problems in this story.
If you want a good Christian bed-time book to lull your child to sleep with, pick one of the one's currently on the market today. Christain lit. has probably produced thousands of books that make for worthier reading than the sugar-coated "Prayer For a Child". It does not look good, it does not read particularly well. I do not recommend it. Not a jot.