Sing Praise by Rhonda Gowler Greene, with illustrations by Janet Broxon, is nothing if not exuberant. This wildly colorful picture book retells Psalms 148 and 150, which encourage us to praise God, along with the rest of creation.
We see lively, fun illustrations of all sorts of creatures (alligators, elephants, tigers, giraffes, butterflies, fish, monkeys, dolphins, turtles, pigs, horses, cows, frogs, dragonflies, and many others) and other bits of nature (streams, trees, rainbows, etc.), plus people of all colors and types, praising the Lord. The text makes it clear God made everything, and that each and every one should sing praise to the Lord.
Here’s a bit of the rhyming text:
”All that breathe,
the seasons round,
the stars and Moon, Sun’s rays,
rivers, trees, and mountains
all sing a song of praise.
They raise up high
in sweet refrain
in song and celebration.”
What I Like: My two year old and I are greatly attracted to the illustrations in this book, which include every vivid color imaginable, and are rendered in a style that’s often reminiscent of something from Africa. The text is also some of the best I've seen by this popular author.
What I Dislike: Nothing.
Overall Rating: Excellent.
Age Appeal: According to the publisher, 4 to 8, but my two year old enjoys it, too.
Publishing Info: Augsburg Books, 2005; ISBN: 0806651202; hard back, $16.99.
Special Info: Check out the author's website for teaching ideas, photos, and more.