My First Prayers, compiled by Nancy Akmon, using illustrations from Bessie Pease Gutmann, Blushing Rose Publishing 2001.
I rescued this book from a thrift store because it was gorgeous. I thought, if nothing else, I could use the illustrations for framing. After I read the book, I decided it was best to keep this book intact.
Some of the prayers in this compilation are a bit too Catholic for me to use, but the ones that are drawn directly from scripture, especially the Psalms, I will be teaching my young son. Overall, there is a good range of prayers and they cover more topics than bedtime or mealtime. That is important to me.
This, as I've already said, is a gorgeous book. It has a padded, marbled cover, but, even better, it features all artwork by Bessie Pease Gutmann. Her work is amazingly beautiful, timeless rather than dated, and while a bit precious, not at all twee. A few of her "boys" could easily be my own.