Monday, August 29, 2016

PBT Grab & Go #3 - This Little Light of Mine

Here's the 3rd selection in my Grab & Go Series, comprised of repeated posts (with some editing) of books that are so good they almost stand on their own. Simply find connections to one or more of the scriptures I provide. Be sure to consider the age appropriateness of each book you select. Look for additions to this series. Email me if you want a top ten list!

Picture Book: This Little Light of Mine
Illustrator: E.B. Lewis 
Summary: This beautifully illustrated version of the African-American spiritual begins with a boy looking in the mirror and then interacting with family & neighbors in delightful and helpful ways. His activities include giving his grandmother a hug, waving to neighbors, picking up spilled groceries, offering comfort to a boy who is upset, and then inviting that boy to join a group of friends to play basketball. 
Hanna’s Comments: On the book jacket, the introduction begins, “There is a light inside of YOU.” What a wonderful way to begin a PBT lesson! This book would be especially valuable to children who know this song. It gives the song meaning that they can relate to and expand on. Note that the song’s score is in the back.
There are several other book versions of this song, some with an audio component, some combined with other songs. I found a board book version that I like for young children by Mcnicholas. However, for children 4 and up, I especially like Lewis’ illustrations especially for children who are not exposed to neighborhoods comprised primarily of black people. Such positive images are important for all to see.

Update: Here’s a new version of this song in a board book by Pattinson & Skelton. It is bigger than most board books, has interactive pages (lift the flap), and a beautiful pop-up at the end. This book has the verse about Satan. If you prefer to avoid that word, simply say “someone” instead.
Original Publisher & Date: Simon & Schuster, 2005
Age & Grade Appropriateness: 4 and up, Pre and up
Formats other than Book: None at present 
Scripture Connections: The Lord is my light & my salvation (Psalm 27:1), a lamp under a jar (Luke 8:16), a city on a hill (Matthew 5:14-16); may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace (Romans 15:13); rejoice in the Lord always (Philippians 4:4)
Idea(s) for Application: Read this beautiful book to a children’s music class in your faith community or private school. 

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