Saturday, August 2, 2014

Psalms and Prayers for Little Ones by Allia Zobel Nolan Illustrated by Tammie Lyon

About the Book:

Help your little ones learn about their heavenly Father by introducing them to this beautiful collection of Psalms, carefully chosen and retold so that even very young ones can understand God as a Creator, Redeemer, and loving Shepherd.

Well-known author Allia Zobel Nolan includes heartfelt prayers, a personal note to the child, instructions for the adult, and background information about a few of the psalmists, like King David and the temple musician Asaph.

It's never too early to encourage a child to look to the Word of God for instruction and inspiration to live a holy life. This sweet picture book is that encouragement. It provides a beginning to what, prayerfully, will become a lifetime endeavor.

My Thoughts:

Never has a description captured the beauty of a book so well!  The best and most important gift we can give our children and grandchildren is a love for God's Word, and this little book is a perfect beginning.

Allia Zobel Nolan is a favorite of mine, so I may be a bit biased, but she seems to be able to tap into the heart of a child when she writes.  Her words are carefully crafted for easy understanding, yet no loss of meaning.  In "Psalms and Prayers for Little Ones", Allia has selected some of the most beloved of the Book of Psalms and written them in an accessible language for children.

But when you read the passage, you'll see that not a drop of meaning is lost.  In fact, reading this book with your child may give you a deeper insight into the Word of God from a position of pure innocence and joy.  Each reading is followed by a prayer, again with each word carefully chosen.

Inside you'll find letters from Allia to both children and parents/caregivers, and at the end a brief and fun quiz, followed by a glossary to help with some of the 'bigger' words.  This is basically a study book for little ones on par with more adult versions, but more fun to read.

And the illustrations are perfect companions for the readings, done courtesy of illustrator Tammie Lyon.  She chooses vivid colors and carefree images to help illustrate the meaning and feeling of each Psalm, adding an extra dimension to a delightful children's book.

My thanks to my friends at Harvest  House Publishing for my complimentary copy (which will be going to my grandchildren!) in exchange for an honest review.  You will always find truth and quality in a book by Allia Zobel Nolan...I guarantee it.

Happy Reading!



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