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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
Jason loses his pet parrot, Sonny. Young readers can identify with Jason's sense of loss and his desire to see Sonny again. This is a great story for parents to share with children who have experienced that same sense of loss.
"A Wish and a Prayer' affirms the hope and love of God's presence in our lives in a way young readers can relate to. The story's illustrations are eye-catching. Children will be cheering for Jason to be reunited with Sonny. "A Wish and a Prayer" will resonate with young readers long after they've read the book.
Jason kept wishing for Sonny to come back, he threw pennies in the fountain and wished when the clock turns 11:11 everyday but still no sign of Sonny. Until his mom told him one Sunday morning that God hears every prayer and has the power to answer prayers. Once Jason realizes what his mom said, he prayed for his lost pet to come home. So did his pet parakeet come back home after saying a prayer?
What a great way to show children the difference between wishing and praying to God for something.
FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.