Monday, October 17, 2016

PBT Techniques Series #2 - Choosing Portions

Choosing Portions of a Picture Book 
Today I offer the 2nd post in a new PBT series about atypical methods for using picture books in ministry. I hope to stretch possibilities for you. If you have other ideas, please share them in a comment!

Using only portions of a picture book story or illustration is what I’m proposing today. When might you do this?
-When a picture book is too long. That is the case of the book I feature below.
-When you are in the midst of a lesson and you’re about to run out of time.
-When a small portion of a picture book (a sub story, a particular scene, or an amazing illustration) is significantly better than the rest of the book.
 Picture Book: One Thousand Tracings: Healing the Wounds of WWII
Author & Illustrator: Lita Judge
Summary: This beautiful book is about the author-illustrator’s family who responded to suffering in Europe after WWII. Judge learned of this story after discovering hundreds of tracings of feet in her grandparents’ attic. The old story, from a young girl’s point of view, begins with a letter from friends in Germany who are starving. 
Judge’s family sends food, clothes, and shoes. In another letter, the recipients thank them, urge them to help others, and include tracings of feet from 10 families. 
More letters follow with tracings of feet enclosed. Judge’s family asks others to help. They translate and mail the letters to friends who also respond generously with shoes that will fit, sometimes going without shoes for the summer. 
Meanwhile, socks are knitted and a rag doll is sewn and sent. 
The doll’s new owner sends a thank you with a photo of herself. Other photos appear throughout this book as does beautiful collage. 
The text is divided into many small chapters highlighting themes that describe the poignancy of many stories and the sacrifice of Judge’s family, friends, and neighbors.
Hanna’s Comments: This picture book would be too much information for a group to hear all at once. Read the first few pages and then pre-select the chapters and illustrations that your audience will most likely respond to. I like to use Post-it Notes and paper clips to mark pages. Consider inviting someone in your family of faith who remembers WWII to come and be interviewed by you. Steer your questions to emphasize the Biblical theme you have chosen to connect with this book. There are many possibilities. It's best to give your guest the questions ahead of time. After the book is presented and your friend is interviewed, read your chosen scripture. Then close with a prayer.
Original Publisher & Date: Hyperion, 2007
Age & Grade Appropriateness: 5 and up, K and up
Formats other than Book: None at present
Scripture Connections: Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord (Proverbs 19:17); when you serve the least, you serve Jesus (Matthew 25); give to the needy (Luke 12: 33); Jesus washes his disciples’ feet (John 13:4-14).
Idea(s) for Application: Read portions of this book during a lesson on generosity, responses to poverty, or Jesus washing his disciples’ feet.