Twinkle Twinkle Hear My Prayers is the third children’s book app for iPad and iPhone from author Alexis Purcell, joining The Turkey Who Forgot How To Gobble and Twinkle, Twinkle Nighty Night. The app also includes a song, information about the Five Finger Prayer, and a simple game- spelling “peace” using lettered stars. It story has optional narration, there is no word highlighting as it is read. It includes no adverts or in-app purchases, external links are in a locked parents area (with a gate that requires division skills!).
The story is accompanied by calming music, which can be switched off on the home page. It is a very calm, relaxing story. It’s night time, the fireflies and stars are out, and a little girl named Leni is getting ready for bed. Leni is saying her prayers as she prepares to go to sleep. The story is told in rhyme, and Leni’s prayers are sweet and simple, giving children ideas on how they too can talk to God in their prayers.
Each page has 1 or 2 interactions, such as bubbles to blow and pop, a door to open, a light to switch off and a blanket to cover a sleeping doll. As the child listens to the story they also collects lettered stars, these rearrange themselves at the end to form the word “peace.” This is a very calming bedtime story and an easy way to introduce or reinforce the idea of incorporating prayer into the child’s bedtime routine.
After the story ends there is a Bedtime Prayer Song, sung to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. My daughter really liked the song and asked to listen to it several times.
If the child is ready for sleep this is a perfect place to stop, but if you are ready to talk to them a little more about incorporating prayers in their own bedtime routine there are instructions on how to do the Five Finger Prayer. The Five Finger Prayer is a simple way for a child to remember different people to pray for. After learning the Five Finger Prayer the child can rearrange the lettered stars to spell peace.
Twinkle Twinkle Hear My Prayers is a very calming bedtime story, and a useful tool for families who wish to introduce night time prayers into their child’s bedtime routine. The background music is very soothing and relaxing, and my daughter really liked the Bedtime Prayer Song. With 1 or 2 interactions per page it is enough to keep the child’s interest without being too distracting, and the interactions are marked with arrows to make them easy to find. There are a couple of additions I would like to see in a future update: 1) It would nice nice to have word highlighting as it is read. 2) I would love to see a page navigation tool, and a simple way to return to the song or the Five Finger Prayer without re-reading the story, so that you can study them with your child in daytime.
Overall, a sweet simple bedtime story that can be used to introduce or reinforce the concept of bedtime prayers. It also includes a Bedtime Prayer Song and a guide to the Five Finger Prayer method.
Twinkle Twinkle Hear My Prayers
by Alexis H. Purcell
Price: $2.99 USD
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.
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