Tuesday, February 2, 2016

ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL by Cecil Frances Alexander [Review & Giveaway]

Worthy Kids/Ideals
Ages 4-7 ~ Hardcover $15.99
ISBN-13: 978-0824956769
About the book: A joyful, artistic rendering of a favorite childhood hymn. God's touch can be seen everywhere: in the rivers and streams, in the forest and its creatures, and in each of us. And nowhere is this more lyrically celebrated than in the words of "All Things Bright and Beautiful," first published by Cecil Frances Alexander in 1848. Here, artist Katy Hudson brings new joy to this mainstay of churches and Sunday school classes with her fresh and engaging watercolors. Readers will be swept along as they follow three young children who delight in a day filled with the discovery of "all things bright and beautiful.” This striking book is a beautiful reminder that every good thing we see is from God. Ages 4 to 7.


My thoughts: The lyrics of the 165 year old poem sung as a hymn through the years teaches that God makes all things beautiful. The years have not dimmed the beauty and tradition of this great song because it reaches young and old, educated and uneducated, strong and weak. It is a treasure to be taught and learned.
All things bright and beautiful, 
All creatures great and small, 
All things wise and wonderful, 
The Lord God made them all.
Cecil Frances Alexander's beautiful poem is aptly illustrated in colorful, bright pictures sure to appeal to the younger audience. Adults will enjoy this whimsical artistry as each page defly illustrates the lines of the poem on the page. Two sisters and a brother frolic about the flowers, in the breeze, and amongst the various critters. Joyful! Lively! Serene!

A lovely hymn or poem to learn. A sweet, lovely book. A strong Christian message about the God who made everything beautiful.
GIVEAWAY
(1st) All Things Bright & Beautiful
 (2nd) $10 Family Christian Appreciation Certificate
Begins February 2
ENDS February 16  @ 12:01 a.m. ET. 
 Open to USA addresses only.
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DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy by Worthy Publishing to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own. I was not compensated for this review. Giveaway copy is provided by Worthy-Ideals directly to the winner. Family Christian sponsored the Appreciation Certificate giveaway & will provide the winner's certificate prize.

31 comments:

  1. Wow, they are not any I am familiar with. They look like some real old school hymns.

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  2. My grand baby is due this month so I would like to use it toward a special baby gift if I win.

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  3. I have never sung the song. I've read the James Herriott books though! *grin* The sky today is not something bright and beautiful. Its grey. well, maybe beautiful, but not bright.
    I have some bright, beautiful cardinals at the feeder though (although the titmice are my favorite).

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  4. The book 'The Progeny' looks interesting. (Its more than $10)

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  5. For a little kids' book, I think the illustrations are very important for catching and holding interest in a book. Although it is possible to hold a child's attention with just words and it is important to foster a child's imagination, bright colors and recognizable images help a child to focus on the book. Additionally, many adults will use the illustrations to engage the child. I know I have asked my nieces and nephews if they see the dog, cat, whatever and then tie that back to their own pet, or family member or something they saw on our hike, or ....

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  6. Having said that, I love the Book with No Pictures. If you haven't read it, check it out. Too funny.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cREyQJO9EPs

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  7. Thank so much for hosting this giveaway. I'll add it to my giveaway roundup. Thanks also for joining us at the #LMMLinkup.

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  8. Never sung the hymn. But I do find my children beautiful in this world.

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  9. The illustrator brings the story to life. The illustrations fun for kids.

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  10. I have sung this hymn, and it is one of my most favorites. I think the brightest and most beautiful idea in the Bible is the revelation of Christ's love, which is so light-giving that it can shine on the darkest of circumstances. One of my favorite verses is Roman's 8:38-39 which proclaim that nothing can separate us from His love. There are a lot of ideas that give hope, but to me this is the greatest.

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  11. Verses from the Ho­ly Scrip­tures, 1846
    Hymns for Lit­tle Child­ren, 1848

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  12. I am not sure of that hymn. I do believe I have but I am terrible with names of songs.

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  13. It is a beautiful book that draws you in with the lovely illustrations and message.

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  14. Besides All Things Bright and Beautiful, which I love, the only other hymn I recognized was Once in Royal David's City. That is quite possibly my favorite Christmas song of all time but I had no idea those hymns shared an author. I will definitely listen to some of the others as well, because odds are I will like some of them since these are two of my most favorites.

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  15. Yes, I love singing this hymn.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  16. In a picture book, 75% of the credit is due to the illustrations. In a novel with illustrations, perhaps 25% of the credit is due to the illustrator. Illustrations in the Little House books written by Laura Ingalls Wilder are very memorable.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  17. All Things Bright and Beautiful is the one that I am most familiar with.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  18. I have never sung the hymn "All Things Bright and Beautiful". I do find all living things like children, plants and animals bright and beautiful.
    twinkle at optonline dot net

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  19. Sounds like a great book! I love this hymn, and the illustrations look adorable! Thanks for being a shining moment in my Booknificent Thursday! :)
    Tina

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  20. If I won I would use the gift card towards buying the KJV Holman Classic Children's Bible for my daughter.

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  21. Beautiful hymn! Bright and beautiful makes me think of the sunshine on a mountain stream.

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  22. Illustrators are key in children's books because even when the book isn't being read, little eyes love to linger over colorful pictures. I think the Little House on the Prairie books were beautifully illustrated and brought the story to life for us.

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  23. I've always loved that poem/song! Looks like a beautifully illustrated version of it! I'm visiting from #LiteracyMusingMondays.

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  24. I think I do recognize:
    He Is Risen and
    There Is One Way
    twinkle at optonline dot net

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  25. The illustrator is so important for a children's book. Children learn and remember more by seeing lovely pictures. I love the illustrations from "Alice in Wonderland"
    twinkle at optonline dot net

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  26. I would like to purchase I would like: 'Birthday Brights' Boxed Birthday Cards - Pack of 12 and Birthday Sentiment Boxed Cards (Pack of 12).
    twinkle at optonline dot net

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  27. I find a childs laughter to be bright & beautiful.

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  28. Dr. Seuss books illustrations are cute.

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  29. I haven't heard of any of those hymns.

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