We live in a small community and during the winter months, our church closes, from January to March. With COVID restrictions in place, it is difficult for us to find a place to attend, so it is my plan to continue doing our Sunday School lesson at home. Finding resources like “If Animals Could Pray…What Would They Say?” is a blessing for my family during this time.
“If Animals Could Pray…What Would They Say?” written by Mildren Ann Stansell is a short rhyming book that explores what baby animals might say if they could pray.
The story is aimed at children between the ages of 1 through 7. The message of the story is relevant to children (and adults) of all ages.
Teaching children to pray is sometimes a challenge. Often times we don’t know what to say to God. It’s all too easy to fall into the trap of believing that we need to say the perfect things for God to hear us. This story teaches us that we can pray for whatever is on our hearts, no matter how silly it may seem.
The illustrator Jarred Thomas Stansell has created fun characters that children will enjoy. Art is subjective and while I do like many of the characters, I wish that the baby bird was larger on the initial two pages.
I like that the font is large and easily read and that the sentences are short and not overwhelming to young readers. There are a couple of inconsistencies that could be addressed in a future update but they will not affect your enjoyment of the book. An example is “Baby Elephant” which is capitalized and “baby giraffe” is not.
Overall this is an enjoyable book with a message that God loves us and listens to each and every pray, no matter how insignificant we feel it may be.