Saturday, September 18, 2010

Book review: A Christmas Prayer

I've been looking at the calendar a lot lately as I write in appointments and make plans and try to keep everything straight on our schedule. And one day while I was looking at the calendar I realized something. It's the middle of September. Where is this year going?  It's already time for pumpkin patch trips and then Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner!

Thanks to the Booksneeze book review program, I have one thing already checked off my holiday must-do list- find a great Christmas book to read to my kids. I try every year to find a book for my family that will teach my kids about the birth of Christ and the real meaning of Christmas, and that will also be enjoyable for my husband and I to read, since we usually get stuck reading new books to our kids approximately 1 billion times each.

The newest addition to our library, A Christmas Prayer, meets all of my criteria and goes way beyond. This book is written by Amy Parker and illustrated by Marijan Ramljak. The illustrations in the book are gorgeous and go along beautifully with the story that's being told. The story is simple, telling the story of the birth of Christ through a young child's prayers of thanks to God for the angel Gabriel, Mary, Joseph, the donkey, the manger and animals, the shepherds, the star and Jesus himself.

I really like the way everything is presented in this book- no big words or ideas, just the nativity story told in an easy-to-understand way. The book is written for 4-8 year old children, but my kids are only 3 and 1 and they enjoy this book a lot.  The book itself is a large, padded board book with thick pages, so it will stand up being read and handled by the little one in your life.

So, if you're in search of a beautiful children's book to add to your family's library, or if you are looking for a good gift idea, definitely take a look at A Christmas Prayer

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book thanks to the Booksneeze book review program. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.