It’s been awhile since we had any really great books for ReBook-It, but now we have the perfect one. It’s called The Lord’s Prayer and it debuted in the year 2000. The text is, of course, taken from St. Matthew 6:9-13 in the bible, and the illustrations by mega-talent Tim Ladwig are just as moving today as they must have been when the book debuted 15 years ago.
In this biblical passage, man is advised: “After this manner therefore pray ye.” Simply put, this means: Man should pray in this fashion. Whether this is actually “the Lord’s prayer” or “Man’s prayer” will not be argued in this review. Rather, the review is on the construct and beauty of this quite memorable picture book.
The prayer teaches man that before he prays for himself he should show honor to the Father first, then make sure to forgive others. Only then is he to ask anything for himself.
Set against the backdrop of this scripture is the running story line of a good man; a working man who teaches his young daughter the value of hard work, honesty, and the love of giving.
The man (whose name is Ted Davis–the same as the man to whom the book is dedicated) owns a painting, repair and lawn care business, and he and his daughter visit an elderly woman living alone whose house is in need of repair. They repair her fence, cut her grass and perform other necessary tasks that she would never be able to accomplish on her own.
When it is time for the elderly woman to pay, the father and daughter refuse her money. And when the daughter finds a shiny necklace long lost in the tall blades of grass, she happily returns it to the elderly woman, even though it is something she would love to keep for herself.
True to form, Tim Ladwig’s illustrations are big, bold and inspirational. They will leave a smile on the reader’s face and a warm feeling in the heart long after the last page has been turned.
This book is perfect for Sunday School classes, Christian School libraries, or a simple evening by the family fire. It’s also perfect for exploring family relationships, and for use as a jumping off place for discussions about talents and occupations.
Don’t let the publication year distract you; this is definitely a book worth adding to your library.
Best wishes and happy family time,