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Lord Help Me: Inspiring Prayers for Every Day

Crown Bks. Sept. 2020. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780593120088.
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PreS-Gr 2–A young girl reaches out in prayer for help in accomplishing tasks during her day in this quiet and calming title. From the moment the narrator rises, to when she prepares for school and completes homework and chores, she prays for help in accomplishing projects that seem at first glance to be simple, everyday tasks, but that come together to reveal how special each moment is, and how lucky we are to be able to experience even the smallest effort. The subtitle misleads: This is not a list of prayers, but a journey as a young girl with light brown hair faces lighthearted obstacles (she prays for help getting out of a soft warm bed) and pricklier ones (she breaks a lamp and prays for the ability to own the truth). The text is little more than one or two sentences in each spread, with corresponding illustrations in soft colors depicting each scene. Character expressions depict the real emotions readers experience in an ordinary day, as well as unusual ones—a subtext depicts the problems for sloths facing deforestation. The narrator closes out her day being grateful to Jesus for everything in her life, and finding ways to help the world around her. The words for “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep” are included, as is an author’s note expressing her wish for children to feel comforted by prayer.
VERDICT A solid choice for bedtime stories and for those searching for simple but effective prayer books for a very young demographic.

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