Tuesday, July 1, 2014

A Picture Book a Day for a Year: Day 73

Picture Book: God’s Paintbrush

Author: Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso

Illustrator: Annette Compton

Summary: This book is designed to evoke conversation between adults and children about what God is like and how individuals might make their beliefs more meaningful. Through the imagination of the child characters, God’s nature and design for our world are considered via everyday images and experiences that children often encounter. Each page or double page spread has 1 or 2 questions that will likely lead to meaningful conversations.

Hanna’s Comments: This is one of the most popular books for children about God’s nature. Although it is written by a Rabbi, she has written it in a way that is non-sectarian and very open-ended. Also, this picture book is very inviting and non-threatening. Parents, grandparents, teachers, and ministers will all see it as a valuable tool. The 10th Anniversary edition has a message from the author and ideas for encouraging even more conversation about God. Also available is God’s Paintbrush Celebration Kit, a curriculum that offers materials on 5 topics.

Publisher & Date of Publication: Jewish Lights, 1992

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

# of Pages: 32

Available in Spanish? Not at present

Formats other than Book: Tablet, Board Book (simpler version: I am God’s Paintbrush)

PBT Category: God Book, Pre 2K

PBT Topics this Book Connects with: the environment/nature, gifts/giftedness/talents, God’s nature, humanity, questioning/questions, relationships

Scripture Connections: O Lord, how manifold are Your works (Psalm 104:24); for we are his workmanship (Ephesians 2:10); work heartily as for the Lord (Colossians 3:23)

Idea(s) for Application: as part of a discussion with children on what God is like

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