Bless Me: A Child's Good Night Prayer by Grace Maccarone, illustrated by Sam Williams
Rating: 5 stars
I recently gave rave reviews to the book Miss Lina's Ballerinas, and every time I read that book to Lorelei I kept thinking, "Man, I know Grace Maccarone wrote something else I like." Tonight I realized this book is it!
I really love this book. There are a handful of books that are wonderful good night books, but this one is near the top of the list...maybe the very top? I'd have to think hard about that...but I keep meaning to post some "list" posts of some favorites...it's on my to-do list...
Anyway, this book is a little religious, which is perfect in our family. It's a soft, quiet rhyme blessing a handful of things in a child's life: cars, chairs, bears, mouse, dollhouse, toes, head, and finally "Bless the water, earth, and air / Bless the children everywhere." The illustrations are perfect--some stuff to look at, but not too many things to distract a child at the all important time in a parent's life: bedtime.
This is an off-the-beaten-path book, which I think make it a great gift for the birth of a baby or a 1 to 2 year old. That's when Grammy gave it to Ben! And I just read it to him (and his pink pajama-ed big sister, who gave him a priceless hug and kiss before leaving the room with me) an hour ago.