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BEDTIME PRAYERS

Author: Jennifer Frantz, ed

Illustrator: Renee Graef

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Publisher: HarperBlessings, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,

Material: paperback

Summary: This illustrated collection of ten children's prayers includes "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep" and nine other verses that offer a child's perspective of faith. One word on each line is replaced by a picture to aid reading. This is young reader's edition of prayers for bedtime.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, learning to read, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Reading Level: 1.7

Age of Child: Read with nearly 7-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter liked the idea of being able to read the prayers herself. She picked them based on the illustrations that accompany each verse. Each time we read the book she wanted to read more than one prayer!

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a handy book and it helped expand our night-time prayer ritual. The illustrations are well done, offering images of faith and family (Mom turning out the lights, sitting with Dad on the front porch). Having a picture instead of a word on each line helped transition our reading to pages with more words (rather than just one sentence).

Pros: Emerging readers can feel confident with a prayerbook they can read. There's a picture/word vocabulary list in the front to help with building a vocabulary of sight words.

Cons: We wish that there were more than just ten prayers.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is a nice collection of prayers that young readers will enjoy for a while, particularly as they are developing reading confidence.

If You Liked This Book, Try: EVERYDAY PRAYERS   BABY'S FIRST PRAYERS: GOD LISTENS WHEN WE PRAY (FIRST BIBLE COLLECTION)   A CHILD'S GOOD NIGHT PRAYER

Educational Themes: This is a book of prayers that can be used to help emerging and early readers.

Notes: Flesch Kincaid reading level - did not evaluate

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - Christian, picture book

Date(s) Reviewed: July 2008

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