Saturday, December 27, 2014

A Picture Book a Day for a Year: Day 252

Picture Book: All God’s Critters

Author: Bill Stains

Illustrator: Kadir Nelson

Summary: This picture book is comprised of the lyrics to a folk song written and made famous by Bill Stains. Here are the lyrics to the chorus:
All God’s critters got a place in the choir.
Some sing low, some sing higher,
Some sing out loud on the telephone wire,
And some just clap their hands,
or paws, or anything they got.
The verses describe where on the scales various species sing while all are delighting in the sounds of God’s creatures.

Hanna’s Comments: This is nice big book so you’ll be able to show the illustrations easily. The score to the song is in the back so you can even teach your children the song and invite them to sing as you show the fun illustrations. Celebrate God’s creativity with song and praise of Earth’s bounty of creatures, great and small. You may another book with this title and these lyrics, but different illustrations by Margot Zemach.

Publisher & Date of Publication: Simon & Schuster, 2009

Age & Grade Appropriateness: 5 and up, K and up

# of Pages: 36

Available in Spanish? Not at present

Formats other than Book: There are several versions of this song being performed on

PBT Category: Song book, Post 2K

PBT Topics this Book Connects with: abundance/bounty, adoration, animals, choir/music/singing/songs, communication, creation, creativity/imagination/ingenuity, differences, diversity, the environment/nature, joy, language/literacy/reading, noise/sounds/voice, response to God, variety, worship

Scripture Connections: Make a joyful noise to the Lord all the Earth. Worship the Lord with gladness. (Psalm 100:1); Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. (Psalm 150:6)

Idea(s) for Application: Read this book or sing along with it when teaching children about God’s creatures and the creative diversity they demonstrate. 

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