Reviews for Prayer for a Child : Diamond Anniversary Edition


Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Fall
This Spanish-language version of Field's 1945 Caldecott Medal winner Prayer for a Child is nicely translated; the text has its own internal rhyme scheme rather than simply aping the English original. With its small format and thick pages, this board book is perfect for Spanish-speaking parents to share with their young children. Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Spring
Winner of the 1945 Caldecott Medal, Prayer for a Child--here in a satisfactorily produced oversize board-book edition--is somewhat dated by a few illustrations (hairstyles, stereotyped ethnic costumes), but thanks to the simplicity and lack of sentimentality in both prayer and accompanying art, it still works.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2004 October #4
Celebrating its initial publication 60 years ago, the Caldecott Medal-winning Prayer for a Child: Diamond Anniversary Edition by Rachel Field, illus. by Elizabeth Orton Jones, reappears in a paper-over-board format. The complete prayer, written in rhymed couplets, appears on the first page; then a few lines per page accompany serene illustrations of a girl in tender moments-stargazing out a window or smiling up at her parents. "Bless the lamplight, bless the fire/ Bless the hands that never tire/ In their loving care of me/ Bless my friends and family." This lovely book lends itself to nightly repetition (a reference to Jesus tags it for a Christian audience). Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2005 May #5
A favorite prayer for little ones makes a return in a new gift-book/gilt-edged board-book edition of the Caldecott-winning Prayer for a Child by Rachel Field, illus. by Elizabeth Orton Jones. First published in 1941, the title features gentle three- and four-color illustrations of a sweet-faced preschooler accompanied by such heartfelt requests as: "Bless my Father and my Mother/ And keep us close to one another." Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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