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A Wish and a Prayer Paperback – June 23, 2010
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A beautifully told book to help teach children about faith... A Wish and A Prayer will make a lovely gift any time of the year.
-- Cheryl Malandrinos, The Children's and Teens' Book Connection
Top customer reviews
Jason made wishes on a clock and at the fountain in the park and on his birthday and on a star, but the wishes didn't bring Sonny home. Jason's mom asked him who heard his wishes. Realizing no one heard his wishes, he knew Who would hear his prayer.
Thunder rumbled and lightning lit up the sky. Rain pounded down on Jason's home. Would God bring Sonny home? A Wish and a Prayeris a sweet story how Jason trusted God through the power of prayer.
This is a fabulous book to show children the difference between wishing and praying. It also shows the power of prayer itself. Ginger's illustrations bring the story to life with colorful characters and beautifully elaborate details on each page -- from the cracks in the sidewalk to the penguins on Jason's pajamas. This is a wonderful book that children of all ages will enjoy.
Ms. Reinke has written a lovely story about who or what hears wishes and who hears prayers and how Jason comes to realize the difference between the two. Ginger Nielson's illustrations bring the story to life with characters that you just want to reach out and hug and tell them all will be okay. This picture book could be used in Sunday school classes, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classes, and up to second or third grade. I also recommend it for parents and grandparents to snuggle up with their little ones at bedtime and read together.
Caves, Cannons and Crinolines
When Jason's pet parakeet, Sunny, escapes out a window and disappears, not even Jason's special whistle can coax her back. In hopes of bringing Sunny home, Jason and his friends make wishes on traditional "wishing" objects for a whole week. He wishes on a penny in the fountain, birthday candles, and even a clock. But there's no sign of Sunny. When Mom asks, "Is a wish the same as a prayer," Jason realizes nobody's heard his wishes. So before bedtime, Jason closes his eyes and prays for Sunny to come home.
This is an endearing tale that reminds everyone about the power of prayer and the importance of tapping into God's love. God, through prayer, opens eyes, changes hearts, heals wounds, and grants wisdom. You may wish all you want on material things, but it's God who created those things and has the power to hear and answer prayers. A strong tale to share with any young reader.
Synopsis: This is an enchanting book about a boy, Jason, who has a pet parakeet. Jason loved to let Sonny, the parakeet, fly around his room as often as he could. However, on one particular morning, Jason's mother came in to clean up his room. When she opened the door to shake out the mat, Sonny flew out the window. Jason looked for him everywhere, but there was no sign of him. Jason was devastated and made several wishes for Sonny to come back home. But sadly he didn't for quite a few days. Then, finally, Jason decided to pray that his little feathered friend was safe and would return, and his wish was granted.
Overall thoughts: This is a great book that has many messages for kids. One of them is the power of prayer. If kids can learn to trust prayer, their lives could be forever transformed. Also, there's a lesson about the importance of perseverance and patience. Jason was patient, although he worried that Sonny would not come back.