Book review: The Lord’s Prayer

The Lord's Prayer

The Lord's Prayer

If you’re tired of the endless parade of children’s books that chronicle the story of creation and Noah’s ark as if they are the only two child-friendly accounts in the Bible, you’ll love The Lord’s Prayer by Tim Ladwig (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2002).

A great gift for Baptism, First Communion, or just because, Ladwig illustrates the Our Father with watercolor and acrylic pictures of an African American dad and his daughter. The father brings the Lord’s Prayer to life for his little girl as they go about their day, helping an elderly neighbor. They eat lunch together on the porch (give us this day our daily bread) and the girl returns to her neighbor a medallion she finds in the grass (lead us not into temptation). The realistic yet beautiful illustrations make reading this book aloud to a child a prayer in itself.

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