Children’s Corner: All Things Bright And Beautiful

6 Feb

61BFCT9FHQL._SY497_BO1,204,203,200_All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.

First published by Cecil Frances Alexander in 1848, this favorite hymn has become a mainstay of churches and Sunday school classes everywhere. Here artist Katy Hudson brings new joy to the words with her fresh and bright watercolor style. Readers can join in the fun as they follow two little girls and their brother on a day filled with the discovery of all things bright and beautiful. Ages 4-7.

Cecil_F_AlexanderCecil Frances Alexander was born in Dublin, Ireland, the third child and second daughter of Major John Humphreys (of Norfolk, land-agent to 4th Earl of Wicklow and later to the second Marquess of Abercorn), and Elizabeth (née Reed). She began writing verse in her childhood, being strongly influenced by Dr Walter Hook, Dean of Chichester. Her subsequent religious work was strongly influenced by her contacts with the Oxford Movement and in particular with John Keble, who edited one of her anthologies. By the 1840s she was already known as a hymn writer and her compositions were soon included in Church of Ireland hymnbooks. She also contributed lyric poems, narrative poems, and translations of French poetry to Dublin University Magazine under various pseudonyms.

A1Mk3ggVqDL._UX250_Katy Hudson was raised in Middlesbrough, England and started her Illustration career as a small child drawing on freshly emulsioned walls around the house! Her parents quickly dissuaded this medium and encouraged drawing with pencil and paper instead.

The idea stuck (the pencil was updated to an ink pot and pen in some cases) and after some lovely time at Art College and a degree in Illustration Katy is now a freelance Illustrator working at a desk in an old London library.

 

My Impressions:

The classic hymn, All Things Bright And Beautiful, comes to life in the whimsically illustrated picture book of the same name. Featuring the wonders of God’s creation, this book is perfect for family reading time where parents and children can share the seen and often unseen things of the world around us. The words emphasize God’s creative nature and the accompanying detailed and colorful illustrations reinforce the joy of discovery. This one is a highly recommended choice!

Highly Recommended.

Audience: children ages 4-7 and their parents

To purchase this book, click HERE.

(Thanks to Worthy Publishing for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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