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Poems and Prayers for the Very Young (Pictureback(R)) Paperback – August 12, 1973


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Illus. in full color. Children will treasure Rossetti's "Who Has Seen the Wind," Emerson's "Father We Thank Thee," Stevenson's "Rain," and 35 other warm inspirational verses collected here, all gracefully illustrated.  
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Series: Pictureback(R)
  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (August 12, 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394827058
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394827056
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #609,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 13, 1997
Format: Paperback
A cousin sent this book when my first child was born in 1992. I started reading it to Christopher when he was eight months old, and we read it nearly every night for two years. I gradually came to know each poem by heart, so we could "read" without even looking at the book, just rocking in a chair or driving in the car. The poems are so sweet, so whimsical, so dear, that they stay with me to this day, and I'm ordering several copies to give to friends with young children. Christopher and I still go through them periodically, and I think back on the days that he would fall asleep in my arms to the lyrical words of this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 9, 1999
Format: Paperback
I recieved this book when I was three years old from my grandmother (over 25 years ago) and I now give it to any expecting mother I know!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Shanna A. Gonzalez on June 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is an adequately-illustrated collection of classic poems and prayers, some of them traditional, others by authors such as Christina Rossetti, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Robert Browning. It is included in several homeschooling curriculums and may be best used for repeated reading and memorization exercises. Unlike nursery rhymes, these poems are serious rather than funny, and it may take a committed parent to help young children appreciate them. As a basic introduction to classic poetry it is pretty good, but is by no means essential. If a child responds well to A.A. Milne's or Shirley Hughes' poetry, this might be a very nice supplement to their library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan Helene Kramer on August 22, 2014
Format: Paperback
This little collection of 38 poems and prayers is just perfect for quiet time before bed. My children grew up with this little book, which, by the way, was sturdy enough to last for years.

One of the beauties of this children's book is that the selections are short enough to memorize and remember for a lifetime.

I like the fact that meal time prayers are included - my kids liked to have a variety of prayers to say grace. What better way for children to practice feeling appreciative than through little poems and prayers that easily come to mind.

I love the gentle illustrations by Martha Alexander. She uses just the right colors to bring light to each page. Her little people are delicate and bright and nice to look at. I've always thought they serve as models of how I should think and act.

I've even seen one of my granddaughters snuggled up on the couch turning through the pages even though not old enough to read.

Any child will look forward to some of the selections, or even the whole book, for their bedtime story. What better way to finish the day than with some uplifting verse or prayer for any of us, young or old!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Owens on November 26, 2012
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This is a sweet little book (and I'm literal about the "little" part -- it's a flimsy, thin paperback). I have fond memories of this from my childhood and purchased it for my daughters (I guess I was expecting something a little more substantial). Even though there are only 24 pages and a handful of poems and prayers, I think it is a sweet collection, and one I plan on using for memory work for my children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RNolen on November 26, 2013
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This is a simple and pretty book for a child to listen to and an older child to read. Lovely.
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