Psalms and Prayers for Little Ones
Author: Allia Zobel Nolan
Illustrator: Tammie Lyon
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers, July 1, 2014
The Psalms are one of the most beautiful sections of the Bible. They are a wondrous collection of heartfelt poems, songs, prayers, and thoughts written to God or about him. They talk to God about things like joy, love, and the wonders of creation. They also touch on forgiveness, bullies, and question why sometimes things don’t seem to be fair. In Psalms and Prayers for Little Ones, author Allia Zobel Nolan unlocks the beauty and wisdom of these conversations with God in a special treasury that speaks directly to a child’s young life experiences. This charming book also features kid-friendly illustrations by Tammy Lyon, a “Digging Deeper” section to reinforce what children have learned, and a “Words and Their Meanings” glossary at the back. Let Psalms and Prayers help you introduce this important section of the Bible to your little ones—as you share the knowledge therein—words just as relevant now as they were when the Psalms were first written.
Like Allia Zobel-Nolan’s other children’s books, this one is easy to read and understand. The book uses a page to read about a psalm, paraphrased so it will make sense to little ones and then on the opposite page it has a simple prayer that reinforces the psalm. Words that may be unfamiliar are printed boldly and there’s a glossary at the end of the book that explains these words in simple terms a child would understand.
I can easily picture a loving parent or grandparent reading this to their child or grandchild. Then I picture the child taking the book and “reading” it to their favorite pet or toy. I can hear the children saying, “Grandma, will you read it one more time!”
Although the title of the book is Psalms and Prayer for Little Ones, I’m a firm believer that adults should read more children’s books and this is no exception. I loved Psalm 46, A Safe Place. It could have been written just for me.
Tammie Lyon did a beautiful job of illustrating. The colors are vivid and all races are graciously represented.
I’m so glad to finally get to review a children’s book and I want to thank the lovely people at Harvest House Publishers for giving me this opportunity through NetGalley. I received this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.
OTHER BOOKS BY ALLIA ZOBEL NOLAN
Cat Confessions: A “Kitty Come Clean” Tell-All Book, 2010
What I Like About Me!, 2009
The Ten Commandments for Little Ones, 2009
My Giant Fold-Out Book of Bible Stories, 2006
The Secret Fairy Garden, 2005
The Easter Story, 2006