Saturday, April 10, 2010

Book Review- This Little Prayer of Mine

I just finished reading my first children's book provided to me by Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group.
I have to honestly say that I would not buy this book. I was not exactly sure what age group this book was intended for. And I didn't do any research to find out.
The prayer is written in my opinion as more of a story. It isn't short and in fact goes through the entire 28 pages of the book. It covers topics like: forgiveness, being sad, being alone, being sad, helping others and it also hints about Jeremiah 29:11. There isn't any scripture in the book just little hints about God's word.
This little portion of the prayer is on the back cover:
I know you're up in heaven, God, and can hear my voice from there. I'm just a little child. Will you answer my short prayer?
Although the actual prayer in the book is o.k. there were many other things that I didn't like.
Especially the illustrations. I thought many of the drawings were a bit scary. Take the cover for instance the doll laying on the bed, the angels in the picture in the background. They don't look at all inviting to me.
I actually got input from 2 teen girls at the halfway house and also the school teacher there. They liked the book initially until I pointed out the things that I didn't like.
I felt like the muted colors in the book were not appealing at least not to me. You have to remember I am a 50 something grandmother so I am writing this from my perspective. I am trying extremely hard to be open minded but I just didn't find much I like about the book.
I mentioned my question about the target audience. I could tell it was definitely not intended for a pre-schooler. The book is rather a large size measuring about 8 3/4" x 8 3/4". It is hardbound. But, the quality of the binding in the book was questionable to me. I think that a really small child would easily tear the pages. When you open the front and back covers you can see the strings in the binding. There are many places that you can purchse this book and including directly from the publisher (link below). The U.S. cover price is $12.99. I would not pay $12.99 for this book.
This book in my opinion is for an elementary age child.
This book was provided by for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.
They are hosting a blog tour this week and so if you go to their website you kind find a lot of other reviews and you will find an option to purchase too. Here's their link
This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.
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