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My 3 yr old grandson LOVED this book. Just attended his first Vacation Bible School this summer... This song was the one his class sang for the closing program. I pointed to the cover ... Asked him "Who is this boy?" A big grin on his face, he said "It's ME!" Yes, illustrations that look familiar to children, like them and their mommy, daddy, etc..... matters. And in this book, it's done with high quality, beautiful artwork and a song familiar to the whole family.
Illustrations are beautiful but this did not capture the imagination of our little ones, ages 1 and 4. Seems more like a book an adult would like kids to like. If your little focuses on illustrations and likes to talk about pictures it may be a hit, mine are more interested in story.
KADIR NELSON IS MY FAVORITE. The illustrations in this book are consistent with his other works: high quality, beautiful, life-like paintings. If you want to get someone a magnificent book, it's this. I teach first grade. I have so many Kadir nelson books now. I have yet to be disappointed.
We have too many kids books with animals in them and I wanted some featuring families of different races and this was recommended. It’s perfect! The words are the song lyrics that many know so well, so I sang the words versus read them to my toddler and we paused on each page and talked about the pictures. If you don’t know the song the music for it is on the back page so you can learn the tune!
The song is about God so if you don’t believe in God this probably isn’t a book for you. That being said it does not directly say God, it just say “He/His” and it does not reference Jesus or any other religious figures so I think it’s suitable for those of any monotheistic faith!
I highly recommend this book if you’re looking for gorgeous illustrations of families that look like you, or families that don’t!
My sister is currently teaching English in Zambia for the Peace Corps. She requested this book and loves it. She appreciates the repetitiveness of the words to help teach English and loves that the pictures depict a well functioning black family. The words are the same as from the song with the same name, so you could theoretically, sing the words as you looked at the pictures. If I remember correctly, there was a page of the music in the back.
I have a 2 month old and bought this book as a 2mth milestone gift. The colors are vibrant and the pictures are spot on. The main characters look like our family and even though my baby is only 8 weeks, he loves the pictures and the song songy way I read. I paired the book with a YT music video of the song that used children and he loved it.
This is my two year olds favorite book! He loves to sing along and look at the BEAUTIFUL illustration. We were searching for books featuring black children for some friends that adopted a child from Haiti (sadly they are extremely difficult to find) and this was perfect! Their little boy is 6 and this is his favorite too. Highly recommend!
Where do I begin?? LOVE LOVE LOVE this book. I actually just ordered 6 additional copies to give out as Christmas gifts. I was looking for a book that my 4yr old son could see himself in because at age 4, he was now very much aware of the color of his friends and family. I am yellow, his dad is black, one day he said I want to be yellow like you mommy, not brown. So, I immediately ordered 5 books about the beauty of diversity and how we are all different but all beautiful etc. This was one of them. When bedtime came and I pulled out all 5 books, he immediately grabbed this one with the beautiful brown boy on the cover and exclaimed "I want this one!" Wow is all I can say! The pictures are absolutely breathtaking and rich. The story is very simple but the illustrations bring the pages to life. It is such a plus that by age 4 most children know the song already, so after the story you can sing the song with your child. I highly recommend this book to everyone! Out of all 5 books, this was the best!
"He's Got the Whole World in His Hands" is currently my son's favorite song; he sings it nearly every day, so as soon as I saw this book, I had to buy it. I'm so glad I did.
The lyrics to this spiritual-turned-favorite-hymn provide all the text. Written music is also provided on the last page. The illustrations are what truly make this book exceptional. Award-winning artist Kadir Nelson chose San Francisco as his setting. The illustrations feature a multiethnic family living in and engaging the world from a child's perspective.
What I Like: Everything! The colors, the size, the diversity, the message of faith and community. The illustations are magnificent! The entire book is quite striking. I love it! Better yet my kids do too. :)
Our little one loves books that she can sing with. We picked this book after discovering its illustrator. The pages of this book are filled with beautiful pictures. It's really a beautiful book to read.