Thursday, April 24, 2014

A Picture Book a Day for a Year: Day 5

Picture Book: Hope is an Open Heart

Author: Lauren Thompson

Photographers: various

Summary: This picture book offers a photographic essay about the concept of hope using beautiful and inspiring photographs from around the world to demonstrate hope’s universal meaning. Photograph captions range from “hope is the warmth of strong arms around you” to “hope is sad tears flowing making room for joy.”

Hanna’s Comments: The abstract concept of hope is demonstrated through a variety of cross-cultural images in this simple but compelling picture book. It is good for even young children, who are likely concrete versus abstract thinkers. They can begin developing their understanding of this important and commonly used word. In the back, you’ll find a section called More thoughts on hope… where the author explains how the concept of hope began to have a richer meaning after witnessing the events of 9/11 and interviewing those who have experienced other devastating tragedies such as Hurricane Katrina. I have written an adult and a children's lesson about hope with this book as a component. You may purchase both for just $4. Contact me to request it via a comment here or my email: 

Publisher and Initial Date of Publication: Scholastic, 2008

Age and Grade Appropriateness: 4 and up, Preschool and up

# of Pages: 40

Available in Spanish? Not at present

Formats other than book: None at present

PBT Category: Non-fiction

PBT topics this book loads on: bravery/courage, challenges, confidence, faith, hope, perseverance, strength/strength in God

Scripture connections: Be strong & courageous (Deuteronomy 31:6); they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength (Isaiah 40:13); for surely I know the plans I have for you (Jeremiah 29:11); rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer (Romans 12:12); may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope (Romans 15:13)

Idea(s) for application: Read this book during an adult or children's Sunday School lesson about hope or read to a small group to begin a therapy session.

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