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Reviewed in the United States on December 10, 2016
Author Karl Beckstrand learned of his family’s heritage (at least from one particular “branch”), and wrote this children’s story, Anna’s Prayer – the story of his immigrant ancestors.
Anna lived with her mother and sister in Sweden. When they joined the Mormon church, they were persecuted and her mother was fired. Her mother ultimately decided to send her and her sister to America.
The book tells of Anna’s journey, first by boat to the United States, then by train to Utah. It tells of her struggles as a young girl alone in America, unable to speak English. Anna remembers, though, what her mama told her – that her Heavenly Father understands her. God answered her prayer for a Swedish speaker – and then some!
The book, of course, revolves around a Mormon young girl. However, there is nothing in the text that would offend or concern me as a conservative Protestant Christian. It’s a sweet story about trust in a Father who cares for us wherever we are, and an eye-opening peek into the difficulties our ancestors faced in coming here -- in a context perfect for children to understand.
(This review is adapted from one which appeared on my blog when the hardcover version came out.)
Reviewed in the United States on December 10, 2016
I was thrilled reading this story that resonates so powerfully with me and I'm not even Swedish!. All of us have stories from our family histories that are worthy of sharing with the world. As a Historian, Genealogy enthusiast and Grandfather I want so much for my family to feel the joy that comes from discovering their "roots" and understanding how faith and inspiration can come from that experience. I was privileged to film my family in pursuit of our Ancestors and their life experiences while making episode 5 of the national PBS series ANCESTORS, 2000. Karl Beckstrand is tapping into the most powerful interest on the planet - the hunger to know who we are and where we come from! Thanks - I hope everyone will enjoy your newest work as We did. And thanks for the Free E copy!
Anna's Prayer by Karl Beckstrand, illustrated by Shari Griffiths
When I received this book a couple of weeks ago to review, I had planned on reading it to my live-in 9 year old granddaughter Violet, but I didn't get the job done until yesterday when I also read Nubs to her. She loved both, as did I.
Anna Anderson and her older sister Ida, along with their mother, live in a small Swedish village. They are poor, but happy. When they join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, they are persecuted and their mother is fired from her job. Soon, she sends both Ida and Anna to America for a beter life and Ida gets a job in Idaho and lives with a member family and Anna travels alone to Salt Lake to stay with an aunt. When Anna arrives all alone late at night at the train station, she finds her aunt not there waiting for her. Anna says a prayer that her aunt comes for her and her prayer gets answered in a way that is remarkable. On coming to a strange country where she doesn't speak English makes things a whole lot harder for Anna. This is a true story and the illustrations are exquisitely done by Shari. I highly recommend this book for everyone who enjoys stories about their ancestors.
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Leatherwood Press Published: October 2008 ISBN: 978-1-59992-113-6 30pp
Reviewed in the United States on December 21, 2016
Anna's Prayer is a very simple story, perfect for beginning readers. Most children will listen a few times, then be able to read it on their own. There's a short lesson up front -- be nice to people even when they dp things you don't like -- which isn't hidden, but the authors don't make a point of it, they let you discover it on your own. The major message -- pray and trust God -- is clear and obvious. Much more could be said, but the authors are out to say just enough. It's a pretty safe bet that you're youngsters will be asking for this over and over again.
I love this book. The illustrations are beautiful. The story reminded me that we all have trials and if we have faith in the lord and pray he will answer our prayers and help us through the hard times. It helped me to look at my ancestors as real people not just a name on a family tree. it has inspired me to look deeper into my family history to get to know my family better. Defiantly a book worth owning.
Reviewed in the United States on December 12, 2012
Anna's Prayer reminded me of times when I was a child and found myself dependent on powers greater than myself. Once I lost something which did not belong to me. It belonged to a friend and he had told me not to play with it. After searching and searching for it, I finally resorted to a quiet place to pray. Within in minutes, I not only found what I had lost, but also something my friend had lost. Anna's Prayer reminded that there is still Someone I can turn to when I am in need. Purchasing Anna's Prayer will uplift the reader regardless of his/her age.
Reviewed in the United States on December 16, 2016
I received a copy of this e-book for free. I's a sweet story with gorgeous illustrations. The message of faith is a beautiful reminder that we always have somewhere to turn. I also like the lesson that prayers are often answered through other people. Great for teaching children not only lessons in faith, but also gets you thinking about family history and what stories might be in your own family.
What a beautiful book! The story is wonderful and the illustrations are stunning. All American families had their start elsewhere, and this story made me want to learn more about my first ancestors who immigrated to America. "Anna's Prayer" would make a great gift for any child--or adult, for that matter.