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Psalms for Young Children

by Marie-Helene Delval

The Psalms describe a whole range of emo­tions, from joy and won­der to sad­ness and regret. This col­lec­tion of Psalms, para­phrased for young read­ers, uses sim­ple yet pow­er­ful imagery to help chil­dren express their feelings.

2008

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Each psalm express­es feel­ings famil­iar to chil­dren: fear and uncer­tain­ty, com­fort and con­tent­ment, amaze­ment and grat­i­tude. The sacred songs, para­phrased in sim­ple, child-friend­ly lan­guage, cel­e­brate the beau­ti­ful world, which is pro­tect­ed by God’s all-encom­pass­ing love, and pro­vide a sense of reas­sur­ance. Psalm 23 reads, God is my shepherd./He leads me in the right/​direction. And even if I have to/​walk in a dark place,/I am not scared./I know noth­ing will hurt me/​if I walk with God!” Orga­nized in numer­i­cal order, the selec­tions are print­ed in a large, read­able font. The book ends on a joy­ous note with Psalm 150, Hal­lelu­jah!” On each spread, the verse faces a full-page illus­tra­tion. The mag­i­cal paint­ings fea­ture exot­ic set­tings, bold out­lines, and rich hues. They are filled with images of chil­dren and the nat­ur­al world. The final psalm is accom­pa­nied by a pic­ture of three chil­dren danc­ing and play­ing musi­cal instru­ments under a gold­en sky, which adept­ly mir­rors the cel­e­bra­to­ry tone of the collection.
Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy

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