Thursday, May 22, 2014

A Picture Book a Day for a Year: Book 33

Picture Book: He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands

Illustrator: Kadir Nelson

Summary: This popular American spiritual and favorite song for children to sing is beautifully illustrated by one of my favorite picture book artists. He captures a loving family along with children’s drawings. This picture book celebrates God’s care and God's gift of the natural world. Nelson states that he wished to portray the world as a child might see it, vast and beautiful.

Hanna’s Comments: Kadir Nelson offers a historical note about this well-known spiritual and includes the score. The text is a little different from the words you may be used to singing which allows for some stunning illustrations. 

He includes:
He's got my brothers and my sisters...
He's got the rivers and the mountains...
He's got you and he's got me...

Publisher & Date of Publication: Dial, 2005 

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

# of Pages: 32 

Available in Spanish? Not at present 

Formats other than Book: Audible, Video, Youtube videos of other versions of this song  

PBT Category: Song Book

PBT Topics this Book Connects with: abundance/bounty, adoration, awe, babies/children, choir/music/singing/songs, comfort, confidence, covenant/promises, Earth/world, faith/faithfulness, God’s presence, hope, manna, reassurance, safety, safe place/sanctuary, security, strength/strength in God, trust/trustworthiness 

Scripture Connections: When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers (Psalm 8:3); The heavens declare the glory of God (Psalm 19:1); For those who love God all things work together for good (Romans 8:28); For by him all things were created (Colossians 1:16)

Idea(s) for Application: Read this book to accompany a lesson on God’s gift of creation, especially its diversity and God’s loving care.

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