Picture Book: All Things Bright and Beautiful
Author & Illustrator: Ashley Bryan
Based on the hymn by Cecil F. Alexander
Summary: This inspired illustrator offers a brightly colored, paper-cut rendition of this beloved Irish hymn. An historical note about the hymn writer who is well-known for her verses, both hymns and poems, and a musical score, including 4 verses, can be found in the back of the picture book.
Here are the lyrics of the chorus:
All things bright and beautiful
All creatures great and small
All things wise and wonderful
The Lord God made them all.
The illustrator offers a nice personal touch. He includes images of his mother’s sewing/embroidery scissors which were the tool he used to skillfully cut the colorful papers used in the beautiful collages of this picture book.
Hanna’s Comments: The lyrics of this song are well worth simply reading to children if you are not inclined to sing or play the tune. The book is large so you may not need multiple copies of the book. If you do plan to sing it, it’s a good idea to read the text while showing the illustrations. Then talk about the ideas supporting the lyrics before teaching and singing the tune. Focus on these words in the chorus: bright, beautiful, great, small, wise, and wonderful. Plan a creation celebration after singing this much loved song. Focus your supplementary activities on the key words of the chorus listed above.
Original Publisher & Date of Publication: Atheneum Books, 2010
Age & Grade Appropriateness: 2 and up, Toddler and up
# of Pages: 40
Available in Spanish? Not at present
Formats other than Book: Tablet
PBT Category: Song, Post 2K
Scripture Connections: Any scripture verses that celebrate the beauty of God’s creation
Idea(s) for Application: Use this book and sing the song as a part of a lesson for children on the extraordinary and beautiful creation that God has given us.