Friday, November 15, 2013

PPBF: "Prayer for a Child"


I have a classic Caldecott Award winner for you today, as we look towards Thanksgiving:


Author: Rachel Field ("Hitty, Her First Hundred Years")
Illustrator: Elizabeth Orton Jones
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Date: 1941

Ages: 4-7
Genre: non-fiction/Religious
Themes: prayer, thankfulness

Inside Jacket Flap:  "This is a prayer written for one little girl, but it is a prayer for boys and girls all over the world. It is full of the intimate gentleness for familiar things, the love of friends and family, and the kindly protection of God. It carries 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."


First Lines: "Bless this milk and bless this bread. Bless this soft and waiting bed."

Why I Like This Book: It's no wonder this was given a Caldecott Award! The illustrations are gentle and charming, reminding me of the "Little Golden Books" I read during my childhood. And even more charming is the fact that Rachel Field wrote this prayer for her daughter.  Our everyday experiences CAN influence our writing!




RESOURCES:

Teaching resources for K-3 for Simon and Schuster books HERE.

Fascinating facts about the author HERE.






Comprehensive but well written biography of Rachel Field HERE.


Pinterest "prayer stations" board HERE.


Prayer activities for children HERE.





Hope you enjoyed today's offering for Perfect Picture Book Fridays, when we review picture books which we deem worthy of mention.  This concept was created by Susanna Hill, and is a helpful resource for librarians, teachers and parents.  For a list of all books reviewed so far, along with activities to complement them, click here.



18 comments:

  1. Jarm, was this your own personal copy? But, it is certainly a lovely book for young children. And, it's amazing it's still available and stood the test of time. Enjoyed your resources.

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    1. No, it is not. . .I found it in the library, but it would be a good classic to purchase, Patricia!

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  2. We have a copy of this book! Lovely.

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    1. And I should have one, too, Julie. Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. I like the "gentle" feeling of this book. Old books have such a good smell about them. I love book hunts. We'll have to go on one and look for this gem. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Yes, you are right. . .it is a very sweet and gentle book. Happy hunting!

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  4. What a neat book. Amazing it was published in 1941! I need to go through all the Caldecotts.

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  5. What a lovely book to share with children, Jarm! I love the illustrations, and the message is such a comforting one. Thank you so much for adding this one to our list!

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    1. Thanks, Susanna . . .it shook up some of my "little gray cells", reminding me of my childhood!

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  6. It's a classic. I love my copy. Thank-you for the reminder that we need to be a grateful people.

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    1. Yes, Joanne, it's so easy to complain. But there are so many things, big and small, to be thankful for!

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  7. I'll have to check our library for a copy. Thanks for sharing this Jarm.

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  8. This sounds like a beautiful story. Can't wait to find it!

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