Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Book Review: A Christmas Prayer

A lovely little book just arrived on my doorstep today.  Amy Parker's A Christmas Prayer is a beautiful padded board book that teaches little ones the true meaning of Christmas in a gentle rhyming way.  The story is a small child's prayer at Christmastime.

The prayer itself is one of thanksgiving that tells the Christmas story.  We start with thanks for the Angel Gabriel, followed by thanks for our Blessed Mother, Mary and her faithful husband, St. Joseph.  Then there's thanks for a series of other things that all tell the Nativity story.  The prayer finishes with thanks for the gift of our Lord and God's great love for us.

The book is illustrated in beautiful soft colors.  As the story progresses we see how the child is using her toys to act out the nativity story.  The illustrations are sure to capture the attention of small children.

This book would be a lovely bedtime story during Advent for children up to about age 5.  I like that the focus of this book is not on the materialistic aspect of the Christmas season, but rather where it belongs, on the birth of Jesus.  The book is suitable for gift giving even though it does not have a dedication page.  

I was provided with a complimentary review copy of this book as a reviewer for Thomas Nelson's BookSneeze blogger review program in exchange for my honest review.

1 comment:

  1. I picked the kings christmas list, we loved that one. we will have to see if our library gets this one in! fingers crossed! :)


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