Monday, May 16, 2016

God's Pleasing Puddles

Picture Book: Puddle

Author & Illustrator: Hyewon Yum

Original Publisher & Date: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2016

Summary: This is a clever story where the artist just might be the mother in the story. There is switching between the central story and the one created on a drawing pad. 
It starts with a young boy, disappointed on a rainy day because there’s “nothing to do.” His mother tries to engage him with her drawing pad. He resists, but eventually he joins in. 
They both enjoy the story they create about the two of them experiencing the rain and enjoying splashing each other with a puddle.  
Then they decide to go for “a real walk.” Mirroring their drawn story, they come upon a puddle. Help your young audience predict the joy that's on the next page.
Hanna’s Comments: A common passion that modern parents have for their children is getting them outside to play and discover nature. This kind of play can be even more beneficial when you add a spiritual aspect to such experiences. Early in this story, this mom encourages her child’s creativity and playfulness. Later, she expands his play so that he experiences nature. An easy next step, would be to give God some credit for the beauty and fun. Simply begin a conversation. Who created the rain? What's it for besides fun splashing? Is there any beauty in these puddles that we should thank God for? Close your eyes and hear God’s world raining. 

Psalm 37 verse 4 says “Delight yourself in the Lord!” This is contemplation! This is active prayer!

Idea(s) for Application: Read this book to grandchildren on a rainy day. Then put on your rain gear and help them experience the potential and delight of God’s wet world.

Scripture Connections: In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1); Delight yourself in the Lord (Psalm 37:4a); worthy are you… for you created all things… (Revelation 4:11)

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

Formats other than Book: Tablet