The comforting words of Psalm 23, the care and protection of our shepherd that we read of in this psalm, have made it one of the most loved chapters of the Bible. And although we often hear it read during times of darkness, sadness and even loss, it's a wonderful psalm for the present- a psalm for living in joy.
And now, you can share this life-changing passage of the Bible with your children in a way that they can understand and enjoy. They, too, can learn about a personal shepherd who loves them, cares for them and is with them always.
I love picture storybooks. C.S.Lewis once wrote that 'a children's book that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's book in the slightest.' But Catherine DeVries has written this picture storybook well. I enjoyed it.
To begin with, there are only a few words/ sentences on each page. Even your most easily distracted child will settle and listen as you read this book.
The setting is a farm... with animals, an instant attraction for kids who love the activities of farm life and hearing about the animals. The story involves readers, too, almost immediately. The grandfather in the story asks the reader's name and includes them in the chores: collecting the eggs, feeding the lambs, counting the sheep.
And then, a storm approaches.
Grandma introduces Psalm 23 and paints God's care in personal terms for young ones.
The illustrations of a picture storybook are an integral part of any book and Ryan Jackson's art is great. It is bright, clear and colourful and presents the message well. I'm really looking forward to sharing this picture storybook with my grandkids. I know my 3, 4 and 5-year-olds will equally love it. ( It would be a wonderful conclusion to a farm visit, too.)
As part of the HeartSmart series, designed to help parents build a strong foundation of faith, there is a link to a custom online song. Share the song with your kids as you read Psalm 23 together.
I'm sure you'll enjoy it... and your kids certainly will.
I would like to thank David C. Cook for providing me with the opportunity to read and review,
and learn and grow, through this book.
Let's Learn About Psalm 23 -by Catherine DeVries
Illustrated by: Ryan Jackson
Publisher: David C. Cook
If you'd like to extend the enjoyment and learning of this story, you might like to consider some of the activities in the following links:
10 fun farm activities - Farm to table fun kids activities - Pinterest board of farm learning
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