Friday, October 12, 2018

Iowa Presentation: Book #1

I'm in Iowa this week at CEF's curious.church conference where I'll be giving 2 presentations. I've chosen 5 secular pictures to feature there. I'll help attendees see how I found over 25 ministry applications based on those 5 books! Also, I'll be modeling how to apply my 5 PBT questions for each book. Here's a re-posting of the first book I'll be presenting in Iowa. It's a favorite! The other 4 are newer books. Repeats of their posts will follow later.
Picture Book: All the World 
Author: Liz Garton Scanlon 
Illustrator: Marta Frazee 
Summary: This wonderful book follows a circle of human families of all kinds throughout a day of outside activities. 
When rain comes...
the families come together in another family’s restaurant. 
Then they relocate to a gorgeous home...
where they share songs and sweet good nights. 
Each beautiful double page spread emphasizes our connections with the natural world and other humans. 
Here's my favorite illustration:
Hanna’s Comments: Like looking at the night sky, when reading this book you'll feel as if you and your audience are small but significant pieces of humanity in the beautiful masterwork of the natural world. The meter of the poetry allows for slow reading and the pages are big on most versions so help your audience catch the details and inferences in these fabulous illustrations. Finding the blessings of connections, just like I do here at Picture Book Theology, seems to be the theme of this storybook, one of my all-time favorites. Here's a simple idea for a lesson: Have your audience find aspects of The Lord's Prayer in this picture book. There are many!
Original Publisher & Date: Beach Lane Books, 2009 
Age and Grade Appropriateness: 3 and up, Pre and up 
Formats other than Book: Tablet, A video of this book can be found on a Scholastic compilation of 4 picture book videos called: Children Make Terrible Pets and More Stories about Family
Scripture Connections: Creation (Genesis 1 or 2); Gratitude as a Sacred Practice (Psalm 118:24); Living abundantly (Jeremiah 29:11, John 10:10); phrases from the Lord's prayer such as Your kingdom come. Your will be done. (Matthew 6:7-13); Loaves & fishes given to many (John 6:1-15); The Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12, Ephesians 4:18); Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23)
Idea(s) for Application: Read this book during a lesson on finding the Holy in the ordinary or how we are all spiritually connected.