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Anna's Prayer (Young American Immigrants) Paperback – Large Print, December 8, 2016
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-Anna's Prayer is a very simple story, perfect for beginning readers. Most children will listen a few times, then be able to read it on their own. There's a short lesson up front -- be nice to people even when they do things you don't like--which isn't hidden, but the authors don't make a point of it, they let you discover it on your own. The major message--pray and trust God--is clear and obvious. Much more could be said, but the authors are out to say just enough. It's a pretty safe bet that you're youngsters will be asking for this over and over again.- - Phoenix Roberts -Beautiful story of faith. ... It's a sweet story with gorgeous illustrations. The message of faith is a beautiful reminder that we always have somewhere to turn. I also like the lesson that prayers are often answered through other people. Great for teaching children not only lessons in faith, but also gets you thinking about family history and what stories might be in your own family.- - Amber Ashton What a beautiful book! The story is wonderful and the illustrations are stunning ... this story made me want to learn more about my first ancestors who immigrated to America. Anna's Prayer would make a great gift for any child--or adult, for that matter. - L. Prince -What a wonderful book! We all have trials and tribulations. This book is a beautiful expression of one person's trials and how she uses her faith to persevere. This book is wonderfully written and illustrated and will touch the heart of all who read it.- - Diane Sebra -I was privileged to film my family in pursuit of our ancestors and their life experiences while making episode 5 of the national PBS series Ancestors. ... Karl Beckstrand is tapping into the most powerful interest on the planet--the hunger to know who we are and where we come from! ... The greatest story ... for young and old alike. - Jeff Gallup -It's a sweet and delightful read that teaches three powerful lessons: courage, family, and faith. The story is vividly descriptive. It takes you there. Highly recommended.- - Ana R. Serrano Such a touching story with a message every child and adult needs to remember: that Heavenly Father knows them and watches over them. I can't get through this story without shedding tears. It so powerfully reminds me ... that God answers prayers. I think every household should have this book. Children need to know and love this story. - Customer When I first heard ... this story ... I felt so warm and happy inside that I couldn't contain my tears ... I ... read it to my daughter over and over again; she still loves to read about Anna ... The story ... is ... about the power of prayer and how important it is to listen to the still small voice that guides you ... I absolutely recommend this book to anyone. - V. Abernathy I bought [Anna's Prayer] to read to my grandchildren. Within the first few pages we were drawn into Anna's ... plight and ... the miracle that followed! This book is a timeless, invaluable gift of faith. - Patricia Potts, author of My Journey from Darkness to Light -My ... nine-year-old granddaughter Violet loved [Anna], as did I ... This is a true story and the illustrations are exquisitely done ... I highly recommend this book for everyone who enjoys stories about their ancestors. - Forever Friends Rating 5 Stars by Teri Rodman -A sweet story about trust in a Father who cares for us wherever we are, and an eye-opening peek into the difficulties our ancestors faced in coming [to America], in a context perfect for children to understand.- - Rachel Ramey, Titus2homemaker.com--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Karl Beckstrand is the bestselling and award-winning author of 18 multicultural/multilingual books and more than 50 e-book titles (reviews by Kirkus, School Library Journal, The Horn Book blog, ForeWord Reviews). Raised in San Jose, CA, he has a B.A. in journalism from BYU, an M.A. in international relations from APU, and a broadcast & film certificate from Film A. Academy. Since 2004 he has run Premio Publishing. A college media instructor, Beckstrand has presented to Taiwan’s Global Leadership for Youth, city and state governments, festivals, and schools. Beckstrand's nationally lauded Y.A. stories, e-book mysteries, ESL/ELL Spanish/bilingual books, nonfiction, and wordless books feature ethnically diverse characters—and usually end with a twist. His work has appeared in: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Border’s Books, Costco, Deseret Book, iBooks, The Children’s Miracle Network, LDS Film Festival, the U.S. Congressional Record, Papercrafts Magazine, and various broadcasts. FB, Twitter, http://KarlBeckstrand.com, http://PremioBooks.com
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Top Customer Reviews
Anna lived with her mother and sister in Sweden. When they joined the Mormon church, they were persecuted and her mother was fired. Her mother ultimately decided to send her and her sister to America.
The book tells of Anna’s journey, first by boat to the United States, then by train to Utah. It tells of her struggles as a young girl alone in America, unable to speak English. Anna remembers, though, what her mama told her – that her Heavenly Father understands her. God answered her prayer for a Swedish speaker – and then some!
The book, of course, revolves around a Mormon young girl. However, there is nothing in the text that would offend or concern me as a conservative Protestant Christian. It’s a sweet story about trust in a Father who cares for us wherever we are, and an eye-opening peek into the difficulties our ancestors faced in coming here -- in a context perfect for children to understand.
(This review is adapted from one which appeared on my blog when the hardcover version came out.)
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Much more could be said, but the authors are out to say just enough. It's a pretty safe bet that you're youngsters will be asking for this over and over again.