Prayer for a Child

by Rachel Field

Paperback, 1984

Status

Available

Call number

242.82

Collection

Publication

Aladdin (1984), Edition: Reprint, 32 pages

Description

An illustrated bedtime prayer which gives thanks for the many aspects of a child's world.

User reviews

LibraryThing member tg172415
This is a really cute book. The story is written as a verse, an actual prayer, and narrated by a little girl. The little girl in the illustrations looks about three or four years old. Her prayer consist of thanking God for all the simple but meaningful things in her life. The book is wonderfully
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written and has a great flow to it.
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LibraryThing member ac008233
This is a very sweet childrens book that contains a prayer. The little girl in the illustrations looks about three years old. Her prayer consist of thanking God for all the simple but great things in her life.
The book is wonderfully written and has a great flow to it. As a child I rehearsed a
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rhyming prayer everynight before bed that is similular to this one.
This would be a great book to read to children before thay go to bed. A sunday school teacher could read this book to her class. An activity to go aong with the book could be for the children to create their own prayer and make it into a book with their own illustrations.
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LibraryThing member lecowan
This Caldecott Award book is about a little girl’s goodnight prayer. It gives the reader the full prayer on the first couple of pages and then breaks the prayer down in single sentences with accompanying illustrations on subsequent pages. This book also has a unifying phrase of blessing various
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things.

This book has been around my house since I had my first child. She received from one of her Sunday school teachers and was a favorite of hers for a long time. It has been passed down through all my children and I probably will tuck it away in the future to be kept for grandchildren to enjoy.

A classroom extension for this particular book would need to take place with parent approval. With not everyone being Christians, I would need prior parental approval before constructing a lesson with this book. If I were to be able to use this book in the classroom, I would have a bucket for all the students to put a piece of paper or a clipped picture in of the things that they are thankful for. I would however, happily recommend this book to a student who was having issues thinking of things he/she is thankful for and just as a reminder of all the good things in our lives to be thankful for.
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LibraryThing member Bookwormeater
This book has one big prayer at the beginning and then that prayer is broken down. Once broken down it has a picture with every sentence or two. This book is great to teach small kids what to pray for.
LibraryThing member raizel
Rather sweet, ecumenical prayer until the last three words before the Amen: "for Jesus' sake."
LibraryThing member elpowers
Beautiful classic book with a beautiful poem. Love it.
LibraryThing member ed118188
This charming book is a prayer being told by a little girl, thanking God for all the things that she has. I feel that this book moves from pharse to pharse smoothly, even the youngest listener can understand what is being said. As a added feature one can experience a children's poetry book with an
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extra advantage of it being an award winning story book.
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LibraryThing member KristinSpecht
Used to teach ELL students how to pray. Used to give an example of different prayers.

Teach students how to capitalize letters and separate the lines in order to make it flow without an punctuation. The whole book was one complete though. Repetition could also be taught as the word Bless was used
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again and again. Students could write their own prayers.
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LibraryThing member KaseyDawson
Prayer for a Child
By Rachel Field

Summary: In this story a young girl prays about all the simple but meaningful things in her life.

Personal Reaction: This story has a great flow and was wonderfully written. It is a great bedtime story.

Classroom Extension Ideas: I would have students share their own
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wishes/prayers.
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LibraryThing member SFM13
The story is written as a verse, an actual prayer, and narrated by a little girl. I thought the illustration accompanying the blessing of “all the children far and near,” showed how this book represents all cultures. In the crowd of children, one can pick out Eskimos, Dutch, Oriental, African
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and Indian children. This reminded me of the song “Jesus Loves the Little Children.” (…”red and yellow, black and white”)
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LibraryThing member kathryn123
This is a book about a young girl saying a prayer before she goes to sleep at night. This prayer is said right before she goes to sleep everynight. The illustrations throughout this book are very engaging and make you want to stick at the page to make sure that your not missing any detail that may
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be important to the story.
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LibraryThing member lucybrown
Lovely! After the King's left my baby girl this book on her first Epiphany, I read this to her every night for years. Perfectly illustrated, quietly charming. My daughter loved the little angels that were at the beginning of each page, so when I painted and decorated a bed to be her first "big girl
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bed," I put one of the angels on each bed post. I get teary thinking of this book.
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LibraryThing member AbigailAdams26
Originally written as a bedtime prayer for the author's own young daughter, and then presented in this lovely little picture-book, Prayer for a Child is a classic domestic blessing ritual, in which the child supplicant calls down a blessing on all of the wonderful things in her life. "Bless this
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milk and bless this bread. / Bless this soft and waiting bed / Where I presently shall be / Wrapped in sweet security," it begins, going on to mention many of the other people and things that make her life special. The prayer concludes: "So let me sleep and let me wake / In peace and health, for Jesus' sake."

Awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1945, Prayer for a Child is a delightful book, with a sweet and heartfelt prayer that many young children will take to heart - given the reference to Jesus, it is clearly meant for Christians - and adorable artwork that captures one young girl's bedtime rituals. I particularly liked the scene with all the little children of the world, as it shows great diversity, with young people of all races and backgrounds happily grouped together - something that can also be seen in illustrator Elizabeth Orton Jones' paintings for the 1944 Caldecott Honor Book Small Rain: Verses from the Bible. As I mentioned in my review of that book, one of my absolute favorites when I was learning to read was What Miranda Knew, which Jones also illustrated, so the artwork here felt very familiar, and had immense appeal for me. Recommended to Christian families looking for bedtime prayers for their children, and to anyone (like me) who loves Elizabeth Orton Jones' work.
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LibraryThing member kfisher524
This is an amazing book of prayers for children. It is a great book to teach children to appreciate the little things in life as well as the big things. Sometimes we dont realize how important the simple things are. For instance, a painted chair. Not every child is able to cherish little things
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like this. So, it is the perfect book to teach your children to thank God for everyhting in their lives!
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LibraryThing member SRThompson
This is a cute book that teaches children how to be thankful for what you have. I think people who are not religious could enjoy a lesson about being thankful.
LibraryThing member lucybrown
Lovely! After the King's left my baby girl this book on her first Epiphany, I read this to her every night for years. Perfectly illustrated, quietly charming. My daughter loved the little angels that were at the beginning of each page, so when I painted and decorated a bed to be her first "big girl
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bed," I put one of the angels on each bed post. I get teary thinking of this book.
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LibraryThing member BookConcierge
The first page gives the prayer in its entirety. Then couplet by couplet the book expands with illustrations of all the things the child asks blessings for – bread and milk, Mother and Father, toys, etc. It’s a lovely prayer, and the illustrations are delightful.

This was first published in
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1944, and its gentle message is still appropriate. However, the illustrations made me cringe for the lack of diversity. That is, admittedly, a modern sentiment. Despite the Caldecot award that Elizabeth Orton Jones’s illustrations deserved, I can’t help but wish this would be re-published with new illustrations that showed more children of diverse backgrounds.
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LibraryThing member thuvan0301
This is a well illustrated book with lively image and color. The book teach the child to pray and appreciate all he/she receive from dawn to dusk. this book can be used to teach kindergarten letters and teach them to appreciate and say thank you upon everything they receive through out the day.
LibraryThing member lucybrown
Lovely! After the King's left my baby girl this book on her first Epiphany, I read this to her every night for years. Perfectly illustrated, quietly charming. My daughter loved the little angels that were at the beginning of each page, so when I painted and decorated a bed to be her first "big girl
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bed," I put one of the angels on each bed post. I get teary thinking of this book.
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LibraryThing member melodyreads
A beautiful book that is a product of the time it was written - during the fearful time of WW II
LibraryThing member K_Rodriguez
Rachel Field does a great job with this prayer book. It is a great book to share with children, especially younger ones, before their bedtime. The child that is praying in this book is asking for blessings for everything and everyone around her. I found this to truly be a great book.

Language

Original language

English

Original publication date

1941

Physical description

8.5 inches

ISBN

0020430701 / 9780020430704

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