From Alexis Purcell, author of The Turkey Who Forgot How To Gobble and Twinkle, Twinkle Nighty Night, there is a new app out for Christian families and educators about prayer. This title stars a little girl named Leni, saying her nightly prayers. With sweet illustrations and lovely narration, this lightly interactive and animated tale brings sweet dreams while teaching a simple method to remember this prayer for PEACE.
Parents and educators should be aware that this is a religously-themed app with clear Christian themes, including many images of the Christian cross. The prayer itself is non-denominational and could be used, in theory, for any Judeo-Christian family. As the tale is told, each line of the prayer is shown on the page with Leni as she explores her room. It is a simple, but thoughtful exercise that could help many Christian families structure their nightly ritual in a beautiful and easy to remember way. Each line highlights the letter in "PEACE" with a star in place of the bold letter:
Letter P: Pray
Letter E: Everyone
Letter A: Always
Letter C: Care
Letter E: Everlasting
The book is solidly made for the digital format, including intuitive navigation with simple page turn arrows at the bottom of each screen. On each of the over a dozen pages, young readers are guided to tap on specific areas, like the windows and doors. Interactive elements are relevant to the story or drive it forward, engaging children in the process of Leni's night-time prayer. For instance, the reader gets to drag the blankets to cover Leni's doll in a cradle or tap the child to see her kiss her teddy bear with a band-aid.
A sweet child-like voice narrates this titles, although there is no highlighting along with the voice-over. Settings are also simple to use but only the bare essentials, lacking most noticeably a pageguide. Extras include a bedtime prayer song, sung to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and the opportunity to drag all the letters of PEACE onto a star filled sky. Overall this is an exceptionally peaceful and comforting book app, with subtle animation and interactivity that enhances bedtime without distracting little ones from slumber. Finding useful rituals to guide our children through simple acts of gratefulness, like nightly prayers, is not always easy in the digital age, but Twinkle, Twinkle Hear My Prayers makes this process easier to manage for busy families.
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Alexis H. Purcell/M. Angeles Aznar
6 - 10 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 4 - 9 +
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This little bedtime book is an easy way to introduce prayer into a child’s bedtime routine. Children will be drawn to the cute illustrations, sweet and mild animation, and simple rhyming prayers showing easy ways children can talk to God at bedtime through prayer, how to pray to God by way of a sweet bedtime prayer song and, how to pray using the five finger prayer.
The background music is soft and soothing, perfect for winding down and settling in for a cozy night’s sleep. Those not quite yet ready to fall asleep can enjoy the sweet Bedtime Prayer Song, learn the five finger prayer, and play the simple PEACE spelling game.
The most prominent prayer in the book is the child’s request to PRAY FOR PEACE. This app and softcover book will be part of the upcoming PRAY FOR PEACE PROJECT, soon to be announced. Keep checking the PrayforPeaceProject.com and TwinkleTwinkleBooks.com for updates.
This app is beautifully illustrated and contains the following options:
>Read to me/read to myself
>Easy page navigation
>Soft soothing background music
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