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Psalms for Young Children

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From joy and wonder to sadness and regret, the Psalms express a whole range of emotions. This collection, paraphrased for young readers, uses simple, yet powerful imagery to help children talk about their feelings to God.

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From joy and wonder to sadness and regret, the Psalms express a whole range of emotions. This collection, paraphrased for young readers, uses simple, yet powerful imagery to help children talk about their feelings to God.

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K-Gr 3- 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, Brighton, MA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802853226
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 3/1/2008
  • Pages: 88
  • Sales rank: 246,327
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.54 (w) x 8.38 (h) x 0.59 (d)

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By Marie-Hélène Delval

Eerdmans Books for Young Readers

Copyright © 2011 Marie-Hélène Delval
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-8028-5322-6

Chapter One

When I listen to you, God, when I do what you ask me to, I am like a tree planted by a river, a tree full of fruit with leaves that are always green. Psalm 1

God, when I'm in my bed at night, I think about you. And then I'm not scared of anything. I can fall asleep quietly and in peace. Psalm 4

From the time that I wake up, God, I talk to you. You listen to me and protect me. You know that I love you! Psalm 5

People are so small next to you, God. You put the stars and the moon in the sky, and the birds in the air above the cows and horses in the fields, and the fish that swim in the seas. You created all the beauty in the world! Psalm 8

God, I thank you with all my heart for the wonderful things you do. When I am scared, you are always there to comfort me. I am so happy that I sing about how good you are to me. Psalm 9

Sometimes, when I'm very sad, I worry that you will forget about me, God. But then I remember that you love me always. So I will sing and be happy! Psalm 13

God is like a rock, strong and powerful. God is like a warm, dry place during a storm. He protects me from things that might hurt me. When I ask for God's help, I feel safe. Psalm 18

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! Psalm 23

God, you protect me. You are like a shining light in the darkness. With you, I am not scared. I want to live in your house, God. I want you to teach me the right way to live. Psalm 27

God, can you hear me calling out? Listen to me, I'm crying for you! I know that you are not deaf; I know you can hear me. Already, in my heart, I'm saying thank you for listening. Psalm 28


Excerpted from Psalms FOR YOUNG CHILDREN by Marie-Hélène Delval Copyright © 2011 by Marie-Hélène Delval. Excerpted by permission of Eerdmans Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2008

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    I bought this book for my 6 month old daughter and I absolutely love it! The illustrations are beautiful. The text is simple and is perfect for a young child. We read one each night at bedtime. I can't wait until my little one is older and we can really talk about each psalm.

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