A Treasured Poem Beautifully Depicted

ps_23There are many children’s books that illustrate Psalm 23, but my all time favorite is Psalm Twenty-Three, illustrated by Tim Ladwig. The illustrations are handsomely crafted and depict the ancient, eternal words so wonderfully for children (and adults).

In this version, which takes place in an urban setting, God shepherds two young children with the love they experience in their everyday lives. We see the children rise in the morning and make their way to and from school. They take delight in simple things, such as, autumn leaves, playtime, art lessons, a bubble bath and a favorite toy. They also confront the danger of dark streets and shady characters. In turn, we see God’s love expressed through caring grandparents, teachers and even a crossing guard. We’re reminded of God’s providence through the sharing of a simple meal and a restful home.

What I appreciate about this book is that it speaks to kids in a way that they can understand. The visuals communicate contemporary experiences without being cute, frightening or abstract. This makes the discussion of this book a great tool for teaching. (I read it to my Sunday school kids.) Without the words, the pictures may merely seem to depict an ordinary day. In the context of this caring scripture, children can see how God is intimately involved throughout their lives.

Happy Poetry Reading!

Veronica Walsh
children’s book illustrator

Here is a variety of other wonderfully written and illustrated poetry or poetic stories:

At Jerusalem’s Gate
written by Nikki Grimes, with woodcuts by David Frampton

The House in the Night
by Susan Marie Swanson, illustrated by Beth Krommes

Water Come Down! The Day You Were Baptized
Walter Wangerin, Jr., illustrated by Gerardo Suzan

The Rhyme Bible Storybook
by L.J. Sattgast, illustrations by Toni Goffe

The Christmas Fox and Other Winter Poems
by John Bush, illustrated by Peter Weevers

The Seven Silly Eaters
by Mary Ann Hoberman, illustrated by Marla Frazee

Polka Bats and Octopus Slacks
written and illustrated by Calef Brown

Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich
written and illustrated by Adam Rex

Castaway Cats
by Lisa Wheeler, illustrated by Ponder Goembel

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2 responses to “A Treasured Poem Beautifully Depicted

  1. Veronica, what a beautiful book! And your list of potential books to read is fabulous. I’m printing them out for my next trip to the library. Hugs, Nancy

  2. The Ladwig book really is a wonderful little treasure. I’ve purchased it a few times for gifts.

    The other books are from my personal library. I can’t resist a good rhyming story or the power of a beautiful poem.

    Happy reading!

    Veronica

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