Let's Make a Joyful Noise: Celebrating Psalm 100


Clap, Clap, Clap
Tap, Tap, Tap
Strum, Strum, Strum
Hum, Hum, Hum
Ding Dong Ding
We make a joyful noise to the Lord!
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Clap, Clap, Clap
Tap, Tap, Tap
Strum, Strum, Strum
Hum, Hum, Hum
Ding Dong Ding
We make a joyful noise to the Lord!
Follow one youngster as he discovers the fun and sheer joy of praising God in this charming and spirited book of add-on verse based on Psalm 100:1 from award-winning author Karma Wilson.
From birds singing and the church bells ringing, to the lively worship service itself---where folks sing, clap, and shout Hallelujah!---all creation seems to be celebrating God’s goodness. Young readers join in as each page builds on the one before, adding tweet-a-tweets and hums, to taps and claps as they reach the refrain, “Let’s make a joyful noise to the Lord!”
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2- A cumulative text enumerates the sounds family members encounter as they make their way to church. The final line of each rhymed stanza repeats the refrain, "And make a joyful noise to the Lord!" The narrative describes the "tweets," "strums," and "taps" and encourages readers to chime in, ending with giving thanks for "this great, noisy day." Bates uses sepia-toned watercolor and pencil to reflect the action in each stanza, with the bird that started it all appearing on each page. Visible pencil lines beneath the art work well to convey movement, but, in combination with the washed-out tones, give the pages a first-draft look. The artist makes interesting use of stylized music staffs and handwritten onomatopoetic words throughout the text and on the endpapers to show that all noise can be music to God, but those, too, add to the unfinished feel of the illustrations. The rhyming stanzas need some practice to get right during read-alouds, but they're worth the effort; using different emphasis changes the rhyme from Sunday-school sweetness to a bouncy preschool rap. The overall result is uneven, though, and weaker than its predecessors, Give Thanks to the Lord and I Will Rejoice (both Zonderkidz, 2007).-Lisa Egly Lehmuller, St. Patrick's Catholic School, Charlotte, NC

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310740797
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz
  • Publication date: 1/28/2014
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 727,270
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Karma Wilson
Karma Wilson's first poem was published at the tender age of six. The poem was ironically titled, 'I Don't Wanna Write a Poem!' Growing up, she had no desire to write. But Providence had different plans, and now Karma writes poems for a living when she's not busy being a wife and raising three kids. Karma is the bestselling author of Bear Snores On and Bear Wants More, as well as If I Were a Mouse, Give Thanks to the Lord, and I Will Rejoice.
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