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The Lord's Prayer Paperback – July 9, 2002
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From School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-This version of the Lord's Prayer (not King James) is also about an African-American family in the city, depicted in strong, realistic watercolor-and-acrylic pictures. By the sign on his truck, Ted Davis's occupation is known: "Exterior Repair, Lawn Care, Painting." On this day, Ted drives with his daughter to the lumber store, the deli, and the flower shop, and finally to an elderly woman's home. He and his daughter do all of the work for her that his truck advertises, and he refuses pay. The lines of the prayer are supposed to be illustrated by the events of the story: for instance, as the girl finds a shiny medallion in the yard and holds it thoughtfully, the accompanying lines are, "And lead us not into temptation,/but deliver us from the evil one." The pictures themselves are expressive, but such literal interpretation is moralistic, jarring, and sometimes obscure.-Carolyn Jenks, First Parish Unitarian Church, Portland,
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Ages 4-9. Full-page watercolor, pastel, and acrylic paintings, burnished to a bronze glow, illustrate this slightly simplified version of The Lord's Prayer. They tell the story of an African American father and daughter who go to help an elderly neighbor. The words "On earth as it is in heaven" find the parent and child patching and painting the fence, mowing and raking the lawn. The pair stop to have lunch on the porch stoop ("Give us today our daily bread"), and they feed the leftovers to the pigeons. The father refuses payment ("Forgive us our debts"), and the daughter returns a gold medallion she's found in the grass ("and lead us not into temptation") to the neighbor who lost it. The neighbor, in turn, clasps a necklace with the medallion around the girl's neck. The paintings use light, shading, and detail brilliantly. We see the broken pickets, the overgrown grass, and the opened clasp on the medallion; we see the father's muscled, brown arms and the girl's tight braids with their cheery, candy-colored ties. Rendered with clarity, simplicity, and not a trace of saccharine preaching, this illumination of an old Christian prayer will have a wide audience. GraceAnne DeCandido
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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As an adult, I want there to be a bit more direct relationship to the lord's prayer. I don't know what that really means. But often I read it as a wordless book and talk about what is going on with the pictures and then read the Lord's prayer at the end. That works fine for our purposes at 2 years old. And it gives me an excuse to work on my daughter hearing the Lord's Prayer, which was the original purpose of my buying it.
She watches carefully as her earthly father exemplifies our heavenly Father. Together they work hard to fix an elderly lady's fence and maintain her yard. During the process, the young girl finds a gold treasure, something like a coin. Later when the woman tries to pay, the father forgives her debts and refuses to accept the money. Seeing this, the young girl decides to resist temptation and confesses to finding the coin. The elderly woman rewards the girl with the coin and a necklace from which to hang it. Readers then see that it's actually a circle pendant engraved with The Lord's Prayer.
What I Like: The illustrations are amazing! Both vivid and thoroughly detailed, they tell a story all their own. I also appreciate the urban setting. Most picture books are set in the suburbs or country. This definitely fills a void for kids growing up in a city.
What I Dislike: The pictures often seem unrelated to the text. This book took a LOT of explanation from me and even then I don't think my children understood the correlation. Also, the book relys heavily on the example of an earthly father to understand our heavenly Father. For broken families, this may raise more questions than it answers. Finally, this book seemed racially exclusive. Even though our family is interracial, I felt like an outsider. I would have liked a bit more diversity, even if only in background characters.
Overall Rating: Good
Age Appeal: The publisher says "all ages", but I recommend 5 and above.
Tanya -- Christian Children's Book Review