Thursday, January 22, 2015

Book Review: Psalm 23

Psalm 23 is one of my most favorite passages from The Bible. It is also one of the very first passages I ever memorized. I learned in from Mrs. Phipps at Happy Hill Kindergarten and I always think of her whenever it is read. She no doubt taught hundreds, even thousands of children the 23rd Psalm and one child recited it at each of her Kindergarten graduations.

I have always found the passage comforting and feel it should be read more often than the occasional funeral. Recently when I was looking over the selection of books I could choose to review from Booklook Bloggers, I saw that one of the choices was a children's book of Psalm 23. I was anxious for the book to arrive so I could see the words of this beloved Psalm come to life on the pages of a book.

The book arrived today and it is absolutely wonderful. There are no embellishments of stories in the book, it is simply the 23rd Psalm and what's even better is it is the 23rd Psalm in the King James Version which is just how I learned it over 30 years ago.

Each page has the words of one sentence of the Psalm and then that sentence is illustrated on the page. The pictures are beautiful and almost every page includes a picture of a child such that the child to whom you are reading might be able to envision the Lord being their own shepherd and protector.

The book is a hardbound board book which is easily held in the hands of a child, and it retails for under $15 on Amazon. You may be able to find it at a lower price somewhere else as the list price on the actual book is $7.99.

If you are training a child to learn and love the Bible and you have Psalm 23 on your list, then definitely give this book a try. I think you and your child will love it.

More about this book from Booklook Bloggers:

Book Description
With illustrations that bring to life Psalm 23, the popular picture book is now available in board book format.
As a follow-up to his bestselling children’s book, The Lord’s Prayer, Richard Jesse Watson created Psalm 23. The soothing and familiar words of the iconic scripture are paired with the vibrant and child-friendly illustrations of Richard Jesse Watson, resulting in a board book edition of the acclaimed picture book that is pleasing to the eyes and soul. Using KJV text, this book helps familiarize children with real biblical text while also incorporating beautiful illustrations that help make the words of David come alive for even the youngest reader.
About the Author
Richard Jesse Watson has been making books for children since 1984. He collaborated with Ruth Bell Graham on One Wintry Night, and his version of The Night Before Christmas was a New York Times bestseller. Watson won the Golden Kite Award for his picture book, Tom Thumb, and his illustrations have also been selected for the Society of Illustrator’s Annual Exhibits. Richard and his wife, Susi, live in Port Townsend, Washington. Their children are following in his footsteps as writers and illustrators of children’s books.

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