Thursday, December 11, 2008

Everyday Prayers

Everyday Prayers is a Harper Blessings book, edited by Jennifer Frantz, containing prayers and songs many of us remember from our childhood. There are fun songs like... "This Little Light of Mine," "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands," and "Jesus Loves Me."   

With the help of rebus pictures, early readers will love learning these same songs and a few new prayers, too! (Rebus is simply a picture or a letter that represents a word. Instead of reading the word "apple," you see a picture of an apple.) 

By using rebus pictures, the children can read along with you. Each time a sentence is read, children are at the edge of their seats, waiting for their turn to say the word represented by a picture they are familiar with. Here's an example: "Jesus loves me this I know for the (picture of a Bible) tells me so."  Children see the picture, but say the word! 

The text is large and written in simple verse, encouraging children to give praise and thanks for God's many gifts. The illustrations by Renee Graef are beautifully done. 

What I Like: The use of rebus pictures allows young readers to gain confidence in their reading skills and encourages them to read more. This is an educational technique used to teach young children prayers and praises, not only encouraging them to read, but to read about God.

What I Dislike: Nothing. Perfect for the young reader.

Overall Rating: Excellent.

Age Appeal: The reading level is for children 4-8, but this is a good book for anyone learning how to read.

Publisher Info: Harper Festival, 2008; paperback; 24 pages; ISBN: 9780060831677

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1 comment:

Karen said...

This looks wonderful! I love reading the reviews here!!