Friday, January 15, 2016

Book Review - All Things Bright and Beautiful


All Things Bright and Beautiful

By: Cecil Frances Alexander
Illustrated by: Katy Hudson
Publisher: Ideals Childrens Books
Publication Date: February 2016
ISBN: 978-0824956769
Reviewed by: Ellen Feld
Review Date: January 16, 2016

A famous poem that has been featured in books, television and movies is re-imagined and brought to life in this delightful new book illustrated by Katy Hudson.

In this new version, three young children take a walk through the woods and fields and delight in all that God has given us. The children meet an owl, see some deer and enjoy the songs of several birds. They spot numerous other animals while also enjoying the simple treasures of the land such as blowing the seeds off of a dandelion, picking blueberries and dipping their toes in the water of a cool mountain stream. In short, the children revel in all that God has created on and around the unspoiled land they are exploring.

Towards the end of the book, we see the children’s parents setting up a tent for a campout. Next, the stars come out in full force in a nighttime mountain scene that includes a full moon, and several animals as they scurry about.

Illustrator Katy Hudson is to be commended for creating the absolutely beautiful watercolors that accompany the Cecil Frances Alexander poem, All Things Bright and Beautiful in this book. The images are bright, cheerful and yet striking in their beauty. The three children, who appear in almost every picture, are playful and happy and young readers are sure to identify with them. I found myself reading the book with a smile on my face, enjoying the scenery that the artist so perfectly captured.
Hymn-writer and poet Cecil Frances Alexander wrote countless poems, many of which were featured in her book Hymns for Little Children. One of those, All Things Bright and Beautiful, is probably the best known by today’s youth. It precisely captures the greatness of God’s gifts to us in this amazing world he created. Combined with illustrator Katy Hudson’s fabulous drawings, this newest version of the poem is a winner. Add it to your collection!

Quill says: A lovely book, with an equally lovely message, this book will easily convey the message of God’s gifts to your little ones.