Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A Picture Book a Day for a Year: Day 347

Picture Book: Glory

Author: Nancy White

Illustrator: Debra Reid Jenkins 

Summary: Glory be to God! Creation is celebrated as an enormous variety of creature praises God in this beautiful book. How does a butterfly, frog, fish, turtle, or rooster praise God? God is praised when God’s creatures do what they are created to do whether flying, wriggling, making a joyful noise, singing to God in silence, or in the case of the young girl on these pages, in costume pretending to be another one of Earth’s marvelous creatures. Here’s a sample of the verse and the summary statement at the end:
Glory be to God for friendly fur,
For wiggling nose and racing heart,
For twitching ears and throbbing purr,
Tails that stretch and tails that wag,
Tail buttons soft as cotton…

All creatures by their being praise their Creator’s name.

Hanna’s Comments: While reading this book to your audience, encourage them to move their bodies, acting out the animals they hear about. Afterwards, praise God for the abundance and beauty we see in animal life and wonder how God might have come up with such designs. Surely God’s creative love is at work in each of your listeners. Ask them for some examples, some passions and gifts they treasure, or some ways God is praised through their lives.

Original Publisher & Date of Publication: Eerdman’s Books, 2001

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

# of Pages: 32

Available in Spanish? Not at present

Formats other than Book: None at present

PBT Category: God Book, Post 2K

PBT Topics this Book connects with: abundance/bounty, affirmation, animals, art, authenticity, awe, beauty, creation, creativity/imagination/ingenuity, difference, diversity, Earth/world, the environment/nature, gifts/talents, gratitude/thanksgiving, play, pleasing God, prayer, purpose, response to God, reverence, variety, wonder, worship

Scripture Connections: Ascribe to the Lord the glory due God’s name; worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness (Psalm 29:2); let everything that has breath praise the Lord! (Psalm 150:6); for by God all things were created, in heaven and on Earth (Colossians 1:16)

Idea(s) for Application: Read this book to a group of children who are learning about God’s creativity, human creativity, or praise.