My Little Prayer

Bushel & Peck. Oct. 2021. 32p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781952239540.
PreS-Gr 1–Using pastel colors and a vocabulary of easy-to-read words and addressing God directly, Archuleta’s book is a prayer of very few but powerful lines. “Heavenly Father, I am grateful for your eternal presence. I am learning to be patient and that you are really there.” The scenes of softened orange, mint green, teal blue, sunset pink, and more are set in classrooms and a neighborhood, as a pale-skinned boy, whose classmates are of many different races, gets through lunch and ball practice, and then returns home to finish “my little prayer.” It’s a slight idea but warmly executed, and may give children a way into the ups and downs of certain systems of belief; you don’t always get what you want, but you accept there is a plan.
VERDICT An additional purchase for collections seeking simple prayer books, more for individual reading than sharing in a group setting.

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