Psalm 23 is one of the most beautiful and comforting passages in the Bible, and now Hans Wilhelm's The Lord is My Shepherd makes the full text to this Psalm readily accessible to children.
The greatness of Wilhelm's version is its simplicity. The text is paraphrased in kid-friendly language that clings closely to a modern translation. It is complete and accurate.
The illustrations are delightfully simple, sweet, and revealing. Throughout, we see a white sheep being cared for by a shepherd whose face we never see. The lamb runs merrily through a meadow, looks content in the arms of his shepherd, and is unafraid as he passes wolves. Text and illustrations, hand in hand, reveal the simple yet profound truth of the Psalm.
What I Like: Everything. I believe in exposing young children to the Word of God, and this book accomplishes that in a delightful way .
What I Dislike: Nothing.
Overall Rating: Excellent.
Age Appeal: According to the publisher, infant to preschool, but older kids will like it, too.
Publishing Info: Scholastic, 2007; ISBN: 0439809223; hard back, $5.99.