Title: I Prayed for You
Author: Jean Fischer
Illustrator: Frank Endersby
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
“In everything we do, in work and in play, help us honor You each and every day,” the prayer rhymes in I Prayed for You by Jean Fischer.
~ What ~
At twenty pages, this oversized hardbound targets children ages two to six years old who like bear stories about a mother’s prayers for her cub. With no scary scenes, the colorful illustrations show a mama bear and her baby from before he is born to tucking him in bed at night and how she prays for him. One verse from the Holy Bible in the New Living Translation is referenced at the beginning.
With a sentence or two at the top of each opened pages, the story is about a mother bear and her cub and what they are doing the first few years of the child’s life. The bottom has the mom’s rhyming prayers to God highlighted in white boxes. In addition to praying to God about him before the cub is born, she also snuggles with him and watches him learn to walk, play with blocks, do artwork, prays, plays, dresses himself, goes to school and sleeps.
~ Why ~
This is an adorable book about gently explaining to a young one how much a mother loves him or her by praying for him often. I love the pages depicting the bear learning what is right or wrong and being hugged when he gets hurt. The prayers are thoughtful; the pictures are fanciful but expressive.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not approve of this book as it focuses on praying to God. Beginner readers may have trouble with the two- and three-syllable words.
~ Wish ~
While the book concentrates on a mother and her child, it never mentions a father. I hope the author will be doing a coinciding book that includes the other parent.
~ Want ~
If you want to stress how prayer should be an integral part in a child’s life through the viewpoint of a mother, you will enjoy reading this book to young ones.
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