Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: This Little Prayer of Mine
Author: Anthony DeStefano
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Release Date: February 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Children's Storybook
Publisher’s Age/Grade Recommendation: Ages 1-6
OUAR’s Age/Grade Recommendation: Ages 2-8
Overall Rating: 4.5
Anthony's Website: anthonydestefano.com
This Little Prayer of Mine begins by going through the most common feelings our children experience. Joy, sadness, fear, loneliness, selfishness—even guilt after misbehaving—is mentioned. Then the rhyming story moves into things children should be grateful for and character traits to emulate. It ends by asking God to love the child forever.
In a sweet manner, this book takes children of any faith on a journey to learn how to pray. The illustrations by Mark Elliot are realistic and encompass a child’s world. There is just enough whimsy in some of the illustrations to move beyond reality and into a child’s imagination.
I found the rhyming to be lyrical in the sense that it doesn’t detract from the story and the point being made. I didn’t feel the rhyming was forced, but it adds a bit of rhythm to the story and helped hold my youngest child’s interest. Each of my children was engaged from the first page to the last and my littlest one wants to hear the story over and over again.
I found This Little Prayer of Mine to be a great opening into a conversation regarding our faith and what prayer means to us. A lovely addition for your child’s bookshelf.
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