In this new volume Rosemary and Peter Atkins continue their widely used series of books to help people pray. Published in a number of countries, Family Prayers (2002) is available for young children and their parents, Cool Prayers/Prayer-Bytes (2004/2006) for young people in their teenage years, and now Prayer Kids (2008) will inspire the prayers of children in the 6 to 10 age group as they begin to read.
The contents of Prayer Kids is divided into three sections: My prayers for today My prayers for others My prayers at special times Spread throughout the book, the coloured illustrations by Olivia Jackson-Mee interpret the prayers. The forty prayers and fifteen illustrations focus on words and images suitable for young readers. The language is simple and direct and the topics centre on Home, Friends, School, Church and Special Occasions.
This book will make a perfect gift to young children by parents and church organisations, and also to teachers in primary schools as a practical support for the RE curriculum.
`A prayer book for children in the 6 to 10 age group as they begin to read. This beautifully illustrated short book has prayers that are relevant to the lives of the youngest of the faithful (as well as many others), covering such diverse topics as bullying, the weather, people in hospital, death, and split families. The prayers are meant to `inspire the prayers of children, and I have no doubt they will accomplish this, but some of the language used places the book firmly in the camp of needing to be read with an adult (which is not necessarily a bad thing). Phrases such as joy-ful but humble in this success, `striving for new achievements, `keep us firm in the bonds we share are I feel pushing the linguistic assumptions of those so young. The book realises much of what it seeks to do, but its not quite there ... yet.
- The Furrow; July-August 2008