not our favorite, but nice, with good values

Julie A

3.5 Stars

May 15, 2011

In This Little Prayer of Mine, by Anthony DeStefano, we follow a child through everyday life scenarios, from fear of the dark to ministry work, all while praying to God for assistance, comfort, companionship, and forgiveness, as well as offering thanks.

This Little Prayer is a nice change of pace from the average children's picture book. Not out to impress, but rather to calm and to quiet; its rhythmic, rhyming prose easily draws children into prayer.

Similar in format to Amy Parker's A Night Night Prayer for the 0-3 set, This Little Prayer would be a great follow-up as children grow to face more diverse world experiences and greater praying potential.

With that being said about the book's subject matter, what about the illustrations? I must admit I have mixed feelings about Mark Elliott's illustrations. They aren't a style that I normally prefer; I can't place my finger on it, but there's something a bit strange to me in these pictures. However, I do actually appreciate reading an occasional book that doesn't have the standard, typical, seen-it-already children's illustrations. So, I guess I end up neutral on the question of illustrations.

I received this book free from WaterBrook Press for the purpose of providing my honest review. I am not required to give a positive review.