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I Prayed For You

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Children's Corner

I Prayed for You 

While growing up, I was not much of a crier.  I had a couple of close friends who were - they seemed to be touched by so many things and would tear up often.  I did not quite get it.  I had one friend, who like me, was not a crier, and she once remarked, "Tears seem to be a result of not being able to express actual feelings.  I have no problem expressing myself."  I completely agreed.

Then I became a mom.

Tears were my new natural reaction for almost any emotional swing - and there were a ton of those swings.  To make matters worse, I discovered I was an ugly crier, you know splotchy faced, red nose...  but I digress...

Now it is not uncommon for me to be reading a book to my kids and tear up.  Thank goodness my oldest can read fairly efficiently now and he can take over in those moments when my emotions swing straight to the blubbering mama side.

Recently I had the opportunity to try a new book, I Prayed for You** by Jean Fischer.  Oh man, I should have made sure the tissue box was closer!

I Prayed for You  a Child's Board Book by Jean Fischer  A Book Review on Reading List

About the Book

This simple board book is full of love as a mama bear goes through her prayers for her baby cub.  She tells her cub how she prayed for all the moments she had experienced with her cub: watching her sleep, watching her learn to walk, seeing her get hurt, laughing while she played, seeking patience in the teaching moments, and so on. Each event that led mama bear to pray is a quick sentence followed by a short prayer of what she prayed for.  

The colorful illustrations follow the events perfectly in a way that fills each page. 

Why We Like It

This was a sweet book to show your babies how much you actively love them through prayer.  It is simple and short but powerful - I'm serious, you will probably need a tissue. I really loved that the mama bear prayed for the moments her cub acted out, got hurt and went to school.  It was also nice because there is no mention of mama being pregnant or giving birth, just that she prayed for her cub, which makes this a wonderful book for parents that are adopting, or for step-parents or guardians.  

The only issue we found is that because of the simple sentences of the book, my boys had out grown the book, and did not really care to listen to it.  Granted my oldest has read it to the baby a few times. So this is probably a good baby, toddler book, not one that will hold a preschooler's attention - at least energetic boys...

Title: I Prayed for You
Author: Jean Fischer
Illustrator: Frank Endersby
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: November 2015
For ages: up to 4 yr olds
Type: Fiction, board book

"Listen, dear Lord, as this munchkin prays." #IPrayedForYou @Reading_List1

Interested in some tips for praying for your kids? Or teaching them to pray?  Try some of these great ideas from pinterest! They can all be found in our Children's Corner page, check out the link below. 

Do you pray over every little part of being a mama?  Have you told your child that? At what age did your kids stop showing an interest in board books?

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It's the Christmas Season... So how about a giveaway?   Win a copy of this adorable book for yourself, or for a gift!  Just leave your email in the rafflecopter form so I can contact you - I won't use it for email lists or anything, unless you decide to try for more chances...  

I Prayed for You  A Giveaway on Reading List  Runs through Dec 15, 2015

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