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Roger Hutchinson – Sparrow’s Prayer [Review]

Sparrow's PrayerTeaching Children a Life of Prayer

A Review of

Sparrow’s Prayer
Roger Hutchinson
Illustrated by Ag Jatkowska

Hardcover: Beaming Books, 2023
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Reviewed by Karen Altergott Roberts

Prayer as singing and words, as sharing and helping, as painting and the arts, as dancing and joy are all introduced through the engaging story of Sparrow. Sparrow has trouble praying on a particular day.  Very appealing illustrations carry us through the day as he finds new ways to pray. Appreciating nature, reflecting, and speaking Scripture are all ways that Sparrow prayed during the day.  The idea that each creature does what God created it to do gently encourages us to think about what people are to do.

Sparrow’s Prayer is a lovely start to an open-minded approach to prayer.  The text is well-written and the illustrations give me joy.  Children younger than age 5 will be engaged in this beautiful work because of its delightful illustrations. One step for a slightly older audience, would be to include the world religions along with their variations of prayer practices.

Additionally, just as important as reading to the child, this book invites us to listen to our children. The author’s note and her questions for discussion with a child are also valuable.  We need to find entry points to open-hearted discussion with children about faith, and this book is one. Let us pray.

Karen Altergott Roberts

Karen Altergott Roberts has been a faculty member at several midwestern universities, a pastor in Indiana, and a writer. She writes on social issues, teaches public speaking, and paints as a spiritual discipline.

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