Friday, August 31, 2018

Another Todd Parr Book!

Featured below is a quintessential PBT book. It's secular but full of sacred ideas and illustrations your audience will respond to. I've also given you PBT links to several other Todd Parr books which are so easy to use in ministry with young children!
Picture Book: Love the World
Author & Illustrator: Todd Parr
Summary: With simple rhymed verse, Todd Parr explores 2 kinds of love. He reminds us that loving yourself makes loving the world more fun. That's profound! Loving your face is a great way to begin.  
 Then there's loving your space,
  as well as other parts of your body. 
  Don't forget to love your walk 
 and talk. 
And everyone should love the skin they're in!
But then love the world by giving a hand, 
taking a stand, 
or using your mind. 
Every few pages, Parr reminds us that one way of loving leads to the other .... 
There's also a big wide world to love. It has bees 
 and trees,
land 
and seas too. 
 
 There's so much to love out there!
Parr's books usually end with a letter to the kids.
Hanna’s Comments: Here's an easy way to use this book. After reading (the rhymed verse means it's important to read somewhat uninterrupted), show each double page spread again and simply ask questions like... How is this loving the world? OR Does this remind you of a way someone you know loves the world? OR Do we love the world this way in our church? Tie this book to scripture by reading one of the scriptures listed below between these page turnings. Then help your children see Parr's subtle messages of love for diversity and care for nature. Tie these ideas to your theological values as well. Todd Parr has written and illustrated over 40 books. Several are here at PBT already. They are all of a similar style so very easy to teach. Here are the PBT links: 
The Thankful Book
It's Okay to Make Mistakes
The Peace Book
The Feelings Book
Original Publisher & Date: Little Brown, 2017
Age & Grade Appropriateness: 2 and up, Toddler and up
Formats other than Book: Tablet
Scripture Connections:  Love one another (John 13:34); Love is patient and kind… (1st Corinthians 13: 4-8); Let all you do be done in love (1 Corinthians 16:14); God is love. (1 John 4:8); Above all these, put on love (Colossians 3:14); Above all, keep loving one another earnestly (1 Peter 4:8)
Idea(s) for Application: Read this book to a group of young children and talk about what love looks like at your faith family and in their homes. Then discuss how love can change the world for the better!