Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Psalm 23 by Richard Jesse Watson Book Review

Bestselling Illustrator Richard Jesse Watson Delivers Another Beautiful Rendering of a Beloved Bible Verse

My review: Psalm 23 is one of the most beloved Psalms and this version is perfect for children.  The illustrations are bold, beautiful and completely capture the strength of these verses.  As you read this to your child you will have plenty of opportunity to talk about the pictures and the meanings of the words as only one phrase is written on each page.  And be sure to use this as a tool to help your child memorize a Psalm that will bring hope, comfort and embrace your child in God's protection throughout their life.

Two years after his 2011 collaboration with Rick Warren on The Lord’s Prayer, artist Richard Jesse Watson returns with another breathtaking illumination of important scripture for children.

In PSALM 23 (Zonderkidz; $15.99; February 2013),Watson excites and inspires young readers with bold ilustrations that highlight King David’s beloved words from the Bible:

The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
He leadeth me beside the still waters…

The soothing and familiar words of the iconic scripture of Psalm 23 have been paired with the vibrant and child-friendly illustrations of Richard Jesse Watson, resulting in a picture book that is as pleasing to the eyes as it is to the soul. Using KJV text, this book helps familiarize children with real biblical text while also incorporating gorgeous illustrations that help make the words of David come alive for even the youngest reader.

It’s not always easy to teach children the powerful messages from the bible. That’s why PSALM 23 is the perfect tool for Sunday school teachers and parents. It brings the scripture alive in a way that children can relate to and cherish.

Watch a video featuring young children reciting Psalm 23:


ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR: Richard Jesse Watson has contributed to children’s literature for nearly three decades. His 2006 book The Night Before Christmas is a New York Times bestseller. Watson earned a Golden Kite Award for his 1993 picture book Tom Thumb, and teamed with renowned spiritual leader Rick Warren on The Lord’s Prayer in 2011. He and his wife live in Port Townsend, Washington.
Zonderkidz™, a division of Zondervan, inspires young lives through imagination and innovation. As the leader in Christian children's communications, it produces bestselling and award-winning Bibles, books, board books, graphic novels, audio, video and digital products that awaken the hearts and touch the souls of kids under 16 and the people who love them, from family members to educators. Zonderkidz is the publisher of the NIrV (New International Reader’s Version) Bible translation, the 3rd-grade reading level edition of the NIV that is ideal for children and those who speak English as a second language. Visit Zonderkidz on the Internet at

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