Monday, September 20, 2010

Book Review: A Christmas Prayer by Amy Parker

Reviewed by my wife, Hannah.

A young girl gazes up at the family Christmas tree and realizes how blessed her family is. She goes on to build a nativity scene out of household objects, saying a prayer of thanksgiving over each one. From a doll as Joseph to a rocking horse as the donkey, she re-creates the true Christmas story for herself and the reader. The book is a wonderful tool to focus children on the true meaning of Christmas; not just the gifts, but the Gift.

A Christmas Prayer is cute, rhyming board-book for children 0-3 years old. Soft, swirly illustrations in a simple color scheme give parents and children a cozy feeling. Even the cover is padded, adding to the soft, comfy feel. I was drawn to the little girl by her unruly hair, sparkly eyes, and endearing smile. The repetitive rhymes and words are ideal for very young children, although older children might find the predictable scheme unengaging.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. 

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