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Images of God for Children

Illustrated By: Barbara Nascimbeni
Eerdmans Books for Young Readers / 2011 / Hardcover

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It is impossible for us to know what God looks like, but through the Bible we are given ways to see how God is revealed to us. With beautiful colors and whimsical illustrations, this book goes through the many images of God that we are given. From bread, to the wind, to love, and more-God is in everything we do and see. A wonderful way to help introduce the concept of who God is to young children.

Product Information

Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 90
Vendor: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.25 X 8.25 (inches)
ISBN: 0802853919
ISBN-13: 9780802853912
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Ages: 5-8

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Publisher's Description

The Bible describes God in many different ways: God is light; God is joy; God is wisdom. God is the beauty that fills the earth and the rock we stand on, the promises we live by and the fire that purifies us. This volume offers a collection of these images, presented in simple language that young readers can easily understand. This book's bright artwork and lyrical text, written by the bestselling author of Psalms for Young Children, explores how, even though we cannot see or touch God, we can still discover him in our world.

Author Bio

Marie-Hélène Delval is a French author whohas written several books for young children. She currentlyworks as the literary director for Bayard Editions inParis.
Barbara Nascimbeni has illustrated many books for childrenincluding Small Brown Dog's Bad Remembering Day,Rude Mule, and What If? (all Macmillan).Barbara lives in Hamburg, Germany. Visit her website atwww.barbaranascimbeni.com"

Editorial Reviews

AWARDS and RECOGNITIONS
Catholic Press Association Book AwardsFirst Place, Children's Books (2012)
BooklistTop Ten Religion Books for Youth (2011)


Kirkus Reviews
"Delval continues her series of introductory books on Christian themes with this latest exploration, which sets out to explain the concept of God to children in creative, often metaphorical ways. The format offers one aspect or characteristic describing God on each left-hand page, using the structure 'God is . . . ,' which is followed by a short explanation set in large type. Many of these characteristics are commonly discussed in Christian settings, such as viewing God as a shepherd, healer, or parent. Other images of God are unusual, presenting God as silence or joy or in our tears. The explanatory text is written in a thoughtful, calm voice with a comforting vision of God in the description of each characteristic. Though God is referred to with traditional terminology as male and as a father figure, the overall impression is a fairly contemporary view of God as kind, loving and all-encompassing. This modern point of view is complemented by Nascimbeni's bright, imaginative illustrations on the right-hand pages, using children and images from nature painted in a cheery, surrealistically childlike style."
 
Publishers Weekly 
"With eloquent simplicity in both prose and illustrations, this introspective book, first published in France, offers complex theological concepts in a manner that's accessible to young readers. Declarative sentences appear against white backgrounds, for example, 'God is mercy.' A concise, poetic explanation follows: 'God comforts us when we are not proud of what we've done.' The opposing, full-bleed painting depicts a penitent girl, nestled securely on a white petaled flower against a sage and orange backdrop. Delval's descriptions encompass a wide range of biblically-based images of the divine, some familiar (path, fortress, promise, light, savior) and others surprising, such as 'God is smallness' and 'God is secret.' Nascimbeni's illustrations incorporate bright patterns and strong, solid sections of color, with children and animals depicted in a variety of whimsical scenarios (flying above trees, floating on clouds), evoking cultures, landscapes, and creatures from across the globe. The painting for 'God is bread' shows multiethnic children surrounding a table evocative of the planet Earth with Jesus' hands breaking bread to share. A graceful, comprehensive introduction to the biblical witness and a welcome new devotional resource."

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    Age: 25-34
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    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A tool for introducing who God is to young kids
    May 28, 2011
    Bob Hayton
    St. Paul, MN
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    How do you explain an abstract idea to children? This book tries to explain who God is by means of visual, concrete images or analogies that young children can grasp.

    40 different themes, such as "God is light, God is savior, God is a promise" are explored by means of a full page, thought-provoking illustration, as well as a few sentences which try to explain this description of God in simple terms. The illustrations are superb, and the book promises to offer an opportunity for parents to teach in their own words, who God is to their children as they work through this book.

    Disclaimer: This book was provided by Eerdman Books for review. I was under no obligation to offer a favorable review.
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