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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (January 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416948562
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416948568
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,854,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

A boy's bedtime routine turns into a thoughtful father-son exchange about prayer in this debut picture book by a Grammy-winning country songwriter. As his parents stand by, Isaac recites his nightly prayers and intersperses his very long list of God bless... requests with questions and observations (e.g., Does Grandma Anne hear my prayers in heaven?; I'm pretty sure God wants to hear from everybody, and I bet God can speak just about any language.). This type of tuck-in talk from a loquacious child will be familiar in many households; even so, Hummon's text is exhaustive. The words feel forced when Isaac wants to pray for every living thing, the homeless (his parents have taken him to visit a shelter), world peace and people in jail. Johnson and Fancher (What a Good Big Brother, reviewed Nov. 24) use soft-edged acrylic paintings and elements of collage to create cozy scenes in Isaac's bedroom and to depict some of his everyday experiences at school and in his neighborhood. Readers can follow a colorfully patterned patchwork motif of the quilt on Isaac's bed as a page border throughout the book. Ages 4–7. (Jan.)
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From School Library Journal

Grade 1–3—Isaac's busy day ends with a bedtime story and prayers. The youngster begins by asking God to bless Mommy and Daddy and then proceeds to request a multitude of blessings on his family, friends, and "all the creatures that inhabit the earth." His father guides the boy through his prayers, patiently answering his questions. The child's requests for God to bless the homeless and for world peace lead to a general discussion on whether everyone prays and whether God is listening. The soft-focus acrylic and collage illustrations are warm and soothing, supporting a story that is quiet and loving. A checked border frames the pages with colorful quilt blocks bleeding into the scenes of bedroom, neighborhood, church, and school. This book would be of interest mostly to parents who want assistance in encouraging the practice of bedtime prayers in their homes.—Linda Staskus, Parma Regional Library, OH
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Format: Hardcover
ANYTIME, ANYWHERE A LITTLE BOY'S PRAYER
MARCUS HUMMON
YOUNG READERS AGES 4-7
Atheneum Books

Rating: 5 Enchantments

After Isaac's two books at reading time, he sits with his dad for his nightly prayers. He has a lot on his mind and a lot of questions. As with most young boys, he doesn't want to miss out on anything, even if it is at the sacrifice of bedtime.

Isaac wants to make sure his prayer is doesn't leave out anything or anyone. From Grandma Anne who is no longer there to pray with him, to the bugs that crawl on the ground; from the homeless and all those in the hospital and even in jail, Isaac makes sure they make his prayer list. His questions about God caring for those he doesn't even know are heart warming to the innocence of a child.

I believe ANYTIME, ANYWHERE, A LITTLE BOY'S PRAYER is a perfect book for the whole family to read together. It opens our eyes and minds to who else is out there that need prayer, even a prayer as big as world peace to a big God who can handle it all. I believe it will encourage the young to start saying their prayers and to know that God is there for everyone, no matter where and no matter what their condition of living is. I would recommend this to any family starting out their libraries for their children.

Marcus Hummon as a country music songwriter and theatrical composer has really hit the mark with answers to some of the questions children have about prayer.

Barb Soden
ENCHANTING REVIEWS
April 2009
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A wonderful love story of a father, son and the spiritual bond between them. It took me back many years when I would read to my two youngsters. The story is simple on the surface, but profound in its real message. Beautifully illustrated. A wonderful book for children and their parents.
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Your child will love this book which empowers him (or her) to express gratitude and compassion for all that surrounds them. The words are inspiring; the illustrations charming.
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