By Kathleen Long Bostrom Illustrated by Rebecca Thornburgh
In Rufus and Ryan Say Their Prayers, Ryan leads his monkey, Rufus, through their bedtime rituals, including saying prayers. He lets Rufus know that prayers are talking to God, and are a way of giving thanks and asking for blessings. The text is presented in young Ryan's voice as he teaches Rufus about the things he is learning himself. In about 150 age-appropriate words, author Kathleen Bostrom brings a delightfully light touch to the text as she provides an introduction to practices and experiences that many children are exposed to long before they understand why. And children everywhere will relate to the idea of explaining their surroundings to a favorite companion as they go about their daily activities.