The Prayer is short but within its pages is a thought provoking and timeless story. It’s told in moving verse that captures the sentiment perfectly whilst the illustrations bring the scenes to life. The story appears simple but when the reader read several times realises that there are many possible interpretations. I favour a hopeful ending choosing to see the winter ghost as hope, that help often comes from the most unexpected places and it’s never too late to reach out. I think it’s also about the choices we make and how they can lead us down different paths.
An assured and wise story The Prayer feels like a classic as Stephan J Myers conveys his world beyond our windows. His little lantern boy is beautifully encapsulated for all time in timeless verse and endearing illustrations and in doing so he manages to convey the disparity of life without the burden of complexity. By choosing to set it at the turn of the year he reminds us of the resolutions we often make and fail to keep and the possible consequences of not doing so. As a children’s story it provides much for a child’s mind to ponder on and ask questions but older readers like myself will find a surprisingly complex story that isn’t quickly forgotten.