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Sing in Praise – 1947 Caldecott Honor Book

Sing in PraiseSing in Praise, a collection of 25 hymns and accompanying stories written by Opal Wheeler and illustrated by Marjorie Torrey, received a Caldecott Honor award in 1947.  This lesser-known book was difficult to find, even with interlibrary loan services.  Each story is in some way related to the writing of the hymn, its author, or the meaning of the words.

Caldecott Criteria:

1. “Excellence of execution in the artistic technique employed.” – These lovely, old-fashioned pictures, some in watercolors and some pencil sketches, have clear lines and a relaxing quality.

2. “Excellence of pictorial interpretation of story, theme, or concept.” – Each hymn has its own illustration relating in some way to the theme of the song.

3. “Appropriateness of style of illustration to the story, theme or concept.”–  These old-fashioned illustrations this seem appropriate, as all of these beloved Christian songs have been sung by congregations for over a century.

4. “Delineation of plot, theme, characters, setting, mood or information through the pictures.” – There is no ongoing plot, but the theme of each hymn does relate in some way to each picture.

5. “Excellence of presentation in recognition of a child audience.” – While these are lovely pictures, I believe that modern-day children may find many of them difficult to relate to in the world with which they are familiar.

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Barnyard Song by Rhonda Gowler Greene

Summary:  I picked out Barnyard Song book as a “theme” book for Summer Reading with no preconceived notions about its value.  As I started reading it I was reminded of Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton which we have enjoyed many times.   This book, though, becomes a bit more complex as the animals get the flu and the doctor is called.  The rhymes and ensuing rhythm along with the animal sounds make this book fun to read, but the sneezing and wheezing combined with these elements develops into a hilarious scene that anyone who has ever been sick can imagine.

Pros:  Great rhymes and rhythm, fun story

Cons: The pictures are naturalistic/impressionistic making them a bit blurry.

Age Range: 2-6 years

☆☆☆☆1/2 of 5

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