Prayer for a Child

Prayer for a Child

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Ideal for sharing, this Caldecott Medal–winning beloved classic presents an illustrated prayer full of the intimate gentleness for familiar things, the love of friends and family, and the kindly protection of God.

Bless this milk and bless this bread
Bless this soft and waiting bed
Where I presently shall be
Wrapped in sweet security

Winner of the Caldecott Medal and in print since 1941, this is a prayer for boys and girls all over the world. It carries a universal appeal for all ages and brings to our hearts and minds the deep responsibility of preserving for all times the faith and hopes of little children.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780689878862
Publisher: Little Simon
Publication date: 03/01/2005
Series: Little Simon Inspirations Series
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 91,594
Product dimensions: 4.87(w) x 5.87(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 2 - 5 Years

About the Author

Rachel Field wrote A Prayer for a Child for her own daughter, before sharing it with children around the world. Rachel Field’s other books for children include Newbery Medalist Hitty, Her First Hundred Years; Calico Bush; and Hepatica Hawks.

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Prayer for a Child 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
nandy More than 1 year ago
My mother read this poem to us when we were little. I read it to my children and now I am giving the book to a new mother, hopefully to be passed on to her children. I still know the words by heart and I'm 61.
NaomiCamacho More than 1 year ago
I think often times we're unsure of when to introduce certain subjects to kids. Prayer is one of them. It's kind of hard to explain prayer and God to an adult, let alone a child. This book helps to introduce the subject, it also helps the child to learn how to pray for the things that matter to them. As this book was written in 1941, the pictures don't show the child with all the luxuries most kids have today. This helps in them knowing that you don't have to have much to be thankful. It also shows the child praying for other children around the world. This can help in showing children to have compassion toward others out there who might not be as fortunate. Overall, I give this book an A+, its great for children and it also remind us adults that prayer doesn't have to be some long elaborate thing, it just has to be from the heart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rachel Field was born in New York City in 1894. She accomplished many things in her lifetime. She won both the Caldecott and Newbery awards for two separate works. She also wrote some of the lyrics used in the Walt Disney movie Fantasia. I agree with the committee on this one. The pictures in this book are so soft and gentle they sooth you as you read. The use of soft colors and soft lines gives this book a very child friendly feel. The story is great as well it is a child praying for all her possessions. This was probably the downfall of this book however. I am sure it has been pulled from all schools because of its religious content. I found the books pictures to be very relaxing and endearing. Field, Rachel. Prayer For A Child. New York. The Macmillan Company, 1941. Reading Level 1.0
Guest More than 1 year ago
Prayer For A Child is about a little girl who is saying her bedtime prayer at night! I would consider this book traditional because it depicts any child who is lying on their pillow, saying a prayer before they fall off to sleep. Like any child, this little girl wants to bless everybody and everything in the world such as, ¿Bless the lamplight, bless the fire.¿ My favorite picture in the book is when the girl prays, ¿Bless other children, far and near And keep them safe and free from fear.¿ The picture is very colorful and would appeal to any child¿s eye. Rachel Field wrote Prayer For A Child and many other children and adult books. She was the first woman to win the Newberry Medal. She was taken suddenly and died in her forties. Field, Rachel. Prayer For A Child. New York: The MacMillan Company, 1941
tg172415 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a really cute book. The story is written as a verse, an actual prayer, and narrated by a little girl. The little girl in the illustrations looks about three or four years old. Her prayer consist of thanking God for all the simple but meaningful things in her life. The book is wonderfully written and has a great flow to it.
SFM13 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story is written as a verse, an actual prayer, and narrated by a little girl. I thought the illustration accompanying the blessing of ¿all the children far and near,¿ showed how this book represents all cultures. In the crowd of children, one can pick out Eskimos, Dutch, Oriental, African and Indian children. This reminded me of the song ¿Jesus Loves the Little Children.¿ (¿¿red and yellow, black and white¿)
elpowers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Beautiful classic book with a beautiful poem. Love it.
KristinSpecht on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Used to teach ELL students how to pray. Used to give an example of different prayers.Teach students how to capitalize letters and separate the lines in order to make it flow without an punctuation. The whole book was one complete though. Repetition could also be taught as the word Bless was used again and again. Students could write their own prayers.
Bookwormeater on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book has one big prayer at the beginning and then that prayer is broken down. Once broken down it has a picture with every sentence or two. This book is great to teach small kids what to pray for.
lecowan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This Caldecott Award book is about a little girl¿s goodnight prayer. It gives the reader the full prayer on the first couple of pages and then breaks the prayer down in single sentences with accompanying illustrations on subsequent pages. This book also has a unifying phrase of blessing various things.This book has been around my house since I had my first child. She received from one of her Sunday school teachers and was a favorite of hers for a long time. It has been passed down through all my children and I probably will tuck it away in the future to be kept for grandchildren to enjoy.A classroom extension for this particular book would need to take place with parent approval. With not everyone being Christians, I would need prior parental approval before constructing a lesson with this book. If I were to be able to use this book in the classroom, I would have a bucket for all the students to put a piece of paper or a clipped picture in of the things that they are thankful for. I would however, happily recommend this book to a student who was having issues thinking of things he/she is thankful for and just as a reminder of all the good things in our lives to be thankful for.
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LouII More than 1 year ago
I use it to teach Sunday school. It's difficult otherwise to think of prayers appropriate for very little children.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Caldecott Book Title: Prayer for a Child Reading Level: First Grade Genre: Poetry About the Author: Rachel Field wrote this prayer for her own daughter, but she now shares it with children all over the world. Her beloved children¿s books include Newbery Medal winner Hitty, Her First Hundred Years, Caldico Bush and Hapatica Hawks. Book Review: A Prayer for a Child is a kind reminder of God¿s protection. Although a Prayer for a Child was written for one little special girl, it has now become a prayer for boys and girls all over the world. It is full of intimate gentleness for familiar things, and the love for friends and family. ¿Bless my friends and family.¿ ¿Bless my Father and my Mother And keep us close to one another.¿ This is a story that children and parents will love, as it brings to our hearts a reminder of the responsibility of preserving for all times, the faith and hopes of little children. This is a delightful book, beautifully illustrated, and I would recommend this book for all children. Bibliographic Information: Field, Rachel. Prayer for a Child. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company, 1941.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful easy to read book for any child to read. It's simple, and has a nice, sweet message to go along with it. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone with small children to read to at night!