I am very pleased to be included as part of the First Look blog tour for the new picture book from WorthKids/Ideals that illustrates a much loved hymn with illustrations by Katy Hudson. “All Things Bright and Beautiful” by Cecil Frances Alexander is a hymn that I have loved for many years, having learned to appreciate the more traditional hymns as a child (the church my family belonged to at the time did mix in some slightly more modern songs).
The text of the picture book is exactly as would be expected of the hymn, minus the repetition of the chorus, and could as easily be sung as read aloud when sharing the book. As always, it details an appreciation for God’s creations and affirms the origins of all we find in nature. The illustrations that accompany it are sweet and charming, depicting what appears to be three siblings, two girls and a younger brother, experiencing nature on a camping trip. The three are drawn in a rounded and colorful style (with the middle child being a ginger) that is very pleasing and should appeal to a young audience. Whether wading in the river, picking berries or flying kites, their enjoyment of the day is evident as is their joy in the surroundings. Animals and nature are also portrayed with varying degrees of realism, with some very literal interpretations of the song (the purple-headed mountains are, well, purple). As the lyrics/text ends, the day closes with the family tucked into their tent, fireflies and nocturnal animals roaming about.
With the final image of nocturnal animals including a skunk, my immediate thought was “Oh, they’re in Oregon,”(though we don’t have purple mountains and the artist is British) as I often smell them when out driving.
This is a very sweet picture book. The illustrations by Katy Hudson are well suited to the lyrics of the song. They add a freshness to the old hymn and make the book downright adorable. Whether cuddled up at home or in the middle of a Sunday School class, this is a wonderful book for reading aloud and sharing the pictures, including the final image – a bunny accompanied by a scripture that affirms the message of the song:
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth…. And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. – Genesis 1:1, 31A (KJV)
I look forward to sharing this book with the little ones in my life, one of which might turn out to be a ginger.
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