As parents, we are in charge of teaching our little ones. There is so much for children to learn about and discover. Over the years, I have found a good way to teach Peyton new things is through stories. All Things Bright and Beautiful by Cecil Frances Alexander helps little ones understand God’s connection to us and the world around us.
Katy Hudson brought each sentence to life through her bright watercolor illustrations. She brings the pages to life so we can follow along as the children go about their day discovering the world around them. As the siblings go through their day we see them discover forest animals like deer, chipmunks, rabbits and beavers. As they are walking through the field, the children pick a bouquet of flowers taking in each bloom while listening to a little bird singing nearby.
But I think my favorite illustration is when all three kids are standing in the river with their hands up in the air trying to catch the sun. It’s so cute seeing their shoes lined up on the shoreline while the children are wading in the water.
As I was reading the story to Peyton she wanted to stop and study each page. We sat there looking at the illustrations and talking about all the things the children were doing and seeing on each page. Peyton was completely engaged in the story and couldn’t wait to turn the page and see what the children were up to next.
The last few pages of the book, Peyton learned God had created all that we had just read. He created all the animals and all things bright and beautiful.
With the beautiful illustrations and engaging story line, it’s a perfect for preschoolers and kindergartners. You can read the story to preschoolers to get them asking questions about God. The words are simple enough that a kindergartner can read the story to you.