A Child's Prayer

Jeanne Titherington, Author Greenwillow Books $16 (24p) ISBN 978-0-688-08317-5
Titherington has chosen to illustrate this traditional bedtime prayer (``Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John / bless the bed I lie on . . . '') not with Biblical imagery but with pictures of a child quietly playing with his favorite toys as he says the prayer to himself before bed. Her lovely, luminous pastels are at once realistic and full of wonder, with a soothing quality that suits the incantatory rhythms of the prayer. However, the book's unstated but clearly central concept--the inescapable intertwining, in a child's mind, of prayer and the here and now--depends upon a connection that may be too abstract and sophisticated to resonate for children themselves. Ages 3-up. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 09/01/1989
Release date: 09/01/1989
Library Binding - 24 pages - 978-0-688-08318-2
Hardcover - 32 pages - 978-0-688-12751-0
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