Monday, July 31, 2017

PBT Series Grab & Go #10 - He's Got the Whole World in His Hands

I’m on vacation so I am featuring again a post from one of the best picture books that PBT has to offer for ministry. Last Friday and today, I’ve added to my Grab & Go series. These books have such strong connections to scripture that little planning is necessary. Their content is rich and their illustrations are gorgeous. Your audiences will enjoy them and find valuable meaning. 
Picture Book: He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands  
Illustrator: Kadir Nelson
Summary: This popular American spiritual and favorite song for children to sing is beautifully illustrated by one of my favorite picture book artists. He captures a loving family along with children’s drawings. This picture book celebrates God’s care and God's gift of the natural world. Nelson states that he wished to portray the world as a child might see it, vast and beautiful.
Hanna’s Comments: Kadir Nelson offers a historical note about this well-known spiritual and includes the score. The text is a little different from the words you may be used to singing which allows for some stunning illustrations. He includes:
He's got my brothers and my sisters...
He's got the rivers and the mountains...
He's got you and he's got me...
Publisher & Date of Publication: Dial, 2005 
Age and Grade Appropriateness: 4 and up, Pre and up 
Formats other than Book: Audible  
Scripture Connections: When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers (Psalm 8:3); The heavens declare the glory of God (Psalm 19:1); For those who love God all things work together for good (Romans 8:28); For by him all things were created (Colossians 1:16)
Idea(s) for Application: Read this book to accompany a lesson on God’s gift of creation, especially its diversity and God’s loving care.