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Prayer for a Child

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A prayer full of the intimate gentleness for familiar things, the love of friends and family, and the kindly protection of God. Though it was written for one little girl, the prayer is for all boys and girls, and it carries a universal appeal for all ages and races.
ebook, 32 pages
Published July 19th 2011 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published 1944)
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Shoaa Aljohani
The title of this story is (Prayer for a Child ).The cover illustration directly expresses the theme,which is that prayer will be answered.This story is integrated in terms of language,content,and ideas.The story includes a purposeful message ,encouraging kids to pray.It is intended audience of children who are 10 years or younger.I like one idea: wrote the entire story and then each one separately on individual pages beside specific images that related to each line.Also,he opened each sentence ...more
This is a lovely book, stretching across its pages the lines of a mighty prayer for children (and adults) to learn, although it is childlike with an appreciation for the things that fill a child's everyday life). Like Jones' other illustrated books, she uses her particular style (cute, resonating a little with Precious Moments or Hummel figures) here. I like her illustrations inside the illustrations, the whimsical little flourishes. What a great time-capsule item to point to how things have cha ...more
Let's teach children how to be good little boys and girls and pray to Jesus! Published during the Second World War, it is a product of it's times. I do not like religious dogma, especially when it is used to indoctrinate children into that particular belief system. No surprise then that I do not like this book. Having said that, the illustrations themselves are fairly nice, and I do like the part that says,

"Bless other children, far and near. And keep them safe and free from fear."

And there i
1945 Caldecott Medal Winner

I'm not quite sure how the illustrations in this were done--it looks like ink and water color, but sometimes the illustrator left the ink outlines off of certain objects like the teddy bear, making them appear almost as though they were done in a different type of media. The whole book is in color with lots of yellow tones.

I like the prayer and that along with the illustrations it includes children all over the world. The words are simple. The way the lines of the poem
This is a lovely, sweet book. Each page has one or more lines of the prayer next to a full-page illustration of the small girl with a sweetly innocent face. Her toys look worn and much loved. The house looks snug and comfy, the kitty soft & fuzzy. The illustration of the multi-ethnic children shows dozens of sweet, smiling, innocent faces. I collect angel figurines, so I would love to have her collection of miniature angels, most of which are playing a musical instrument. As Katherine mentio ...more
What a sweet book, and a sweet introduction to prayer and gratitude. The charming illustrations are comforting- lots of roundness and gentle shading. The items depicted- a cross-stitch pillow, handcarved wooden toys, a painted chair, a smocked dress- are the classics of a twentieth-century childhood, and fill me with nostalgia.

The text and images together present a cozy world of warmth and security for a young child, and encourages them to be thankful for the things and people that contribute t
Stephanie Winchester
Prayer for a Child is a book written by Rachel Field and illustrated by Elizabeth Orson Jones. This book details the story of a little girl giving blessing at bedtime. The illustrations show the innocence of a little girl through the prayer she is saying at bedtime. For each page, there is one verse and an illustration that helps to envision that verse further. The child remains the same throughout the book. I feel that if this book were written or illustrated today it would represent children f ...more
Jamie Singer
This book is about a prayer written for one little girl. This prayer is actually related to boys and girls all over the world. The prayer is for many things that most children go through.For example, the importance of friends and family, and God's protection. This prayer can be for anyone all around the world for any race, any person of any age. This book makes us remember the importance of the good memories we share with others and how we need to care for children.I think religious books now of ...more
Daniella Variale
This book is a great bedtime story for religious families to read with their children. It has both great content and amazing illustrations that will keep children captivated, listening, and looking at every page.
The story encompasses a prayer that is written much like a poem. It has a consistent structure, which starts all the main ideas with the same plead for God to bless the following item or person. The layout of the book is also organized the same for all the pages--with the text on the le
Prayer for a Child is a children’s book about a girl’s prayer to God. This little girl prays to God asking Him to bless her, her friends, family, toys, and more. There is one big poem on the first page that will be broken up verse by verse on the main pages of the book. A picture to help her visualize what she is praying for accompanies each verse. One of the illustrations that stand out is when she asks, "Bless other children far and near. And keep them safe and far from fear" (Field 1945). And ...more
David Korsak
This book is about one prayer written for one little girl, but the pray is actual for boys and girls all over the world. The prayer is full of the intimacy and gentleness for familiar things. The prayer also contains things regarding the love of friends and family, and the kindly protection of God. This prayer carries a universal appeal for all ages and races, and brings to our hearts and minds the deep responsibility of preserving for all times the faith and hopes of little children. I connecte ...more
Very sweet poetry and pictures. Could read it or pray it with my children every day. Love the line, "Bless other children far and near. And keep them safe and far from fear." with the picture of children from all over the world. Especially heart wrenching when you think about what was going on in the world in 1941 when this story was written.
Jacquelyn Hoogendyk
Prayer for a Child by Rachel Field is a prayer illustrated and put into book form. Each phrase from the verse is put onto a page, and there is an illustration for each. The illustrations are very colorful and not drawn. Illustrations are explaining each phrase on the page. There is a child in each illustration, and the same child remains throughout the entire story. At the end of the story, the child climbs into bed and falls asleep after saying Amen. This portrays the idea that the child said t ...more
Matthew West
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This is a beautiful book. I read this to Jacob most evenings before he goes to bed, and he amazingly sits still through it all. It has lovely words and illustrations.
Some of the illustrations were cute but others really kind of creeped me out. Some of the pictures of children looked like possessed dolls.
This book is not really a story, there isn't a plot or a conflict to follow. The book follows through a prayer with a little girl as she is getting ready for bed. The soft images depict the things she is praying for and end with her sound asleep.

There is not a major theme to this book, it just deals with being grateful for the little things.

Depending on the school where I am working would determine whether or not I would use this book. If In a private school, I would use this book in religion
The "Prayer for a Child" begins in entirety. It is then broken down into small segments to coincide with artwork.
Petrie Serrano
This is not my usual fare, but I appreciate it for what it is. In spite of the prevalent heavy lines the illustrations evoke a softness good for a calming before-bed reading, but given the times the text is sure to have limited appeal.

I'd suggest pray-before-bed Christian families might want to have a copy, but not being in one of those my son got antsy and was only interested in pointing out the toys and counting how many children had hats. He can't sit still for Goodnight Moon, either, so it m
Chloe Davis
The story of this book is great for children. It reminds me of something that our grandma would read to us. It has that sense of history with it. The illustration was one of my favorite parts about his book. The pictures almost seem magical to me.It seems like that same kind of feeling I get during the Christmas season. It has that kind of joy feeling while reading the book. I think this would be a great book for children because it also gives us the opportunity to teach children about prayer.
Prayer for A Child by Rachel Field is a winner of a Caldecott Medal. The illustrations in this book seem to leap off of the pages. Elizabeth Orton Jones' the illustrator uses the color yellow as a highlight. The drawings of the main character, the little girl are very life-like. The reader can see each and every hair on each child featured on this book. All of the faces depict facial expressions that are "real." On the final page, the reader notes the little girl's ringlets cascading over her pi ...more
Susie White
Prayer for a Child by Rachel Field is entirely what the title suggests, a prayer said by a child. In her prayer, the child asks for blessings for all of the things she encounters daily. She blesses things like her food, her bed, her toys, and her family, with drawings to accompany each thing. The child gradually shifts her thanks from things that are tangible to the things that cannot be replaced like those that love her. The story ends with her saying, “Amen” and her being able to sleep soundly ...more
Krista Toomey
I enjoyed this book. I think this is a great book to have in the home. It is a good reminder for kids to pray instead of you reminding them. I like how simple the book is with the nice picture. Yet, this book does not belong in a classroom. I would love to have my own children read this book but my students I wouldn't. If you are religious then this is a excellent book for your kids. This shows how important pray is without coming from the parents.
Ellis Brodowski
I think this is such a precious and lovely book, and I believe that both adults and children will enjoy reading this book. "Prayer for a Child" teaches both boys and girls to pray by having one or more lines of the prayer on each page. I thought the illustration match the overall mood of the book by providing lots of yellows which is a color of peace and the illustrations were simple to match the focus on being on children.
Sweet illustrations... I particularly liked the one that went with "Bless other children, far and near And keep them safe and free from fear". I had mixed feelings about the prayer itself...I do not use set or rehearsed prayers but I do wonder if perhaps reading this might help my children focus on the many things they have to be grateful for.
A sweet introduction to practicing gratitude without being too heavy handed with the Christianity (although refers to Jesus at the end). I was surprised to find that I really liked it and could see this being a regular bedtime story with just a few words switched out to fit in with a more secular/humanist worldview.
At first I wasn't pleased with the summation of the prayer on the first page - it was a boring introduction to a children's book, and it seemed limited in its audience. But I enjoyed the stretched version of the prayer afterwards with the lovely pictures. Far more enjoyable for me and for children, I'd imagine.
What a darling book! Written in 1941, Prayer for a Child is exactly what it says it is – the bedtime requests of a little girl as she prepares to nod off to sleep.

Her prayers are wholly orthodox – bless my family, bless my friends, bless my toys, etc. – and show a healthy appreciation of what God has already given her as well as a desire for the welfare of others. The accompanying illustrations are delightful and show her interacting with the things that she is praying for.

An entirely deserving
I think this is a cute book and I appreciate how the little girl prays before bed. She is praying for and blessing her family, and toys, and things she is thankful for. I think this teaches an important lesson because it is so easy to take things for granted, so this teaches us to appreciate the simple things in life that really mean the most. I think children today especially need reminded of this. It is a valuable lesson to be learned. The illustrations were well done and I enjoyed the colors ...more
Rochelle Steenberg
This is a diamond anniversary new edition of an modern classic. The illustrations are beautifully updated picturing a little girl saying her prayers and blessings to all the people and things she loves.
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Rachel Lyman Field was an American novelist, poet, and author of children's fiction. She is best known for her Newbery Medal–winning novel for young adults, Hitty, Her First Hundred Years, published in 1929.

As a child Field contributed to the St. Nicholas Magazine and was educated at Radcliffe College. Her book, Prayer for a Child, was a recipient of the Caldecott Medal for its illustrations by El
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