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The 23rd Psalm : from the King James Bible
Hague, Michael, illustrator.
Uniform Title:
Bible. Psalms, XXIII. English. 1997.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Henry Holt, 1999.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) :' color illustrations ; 24 cm
An illustrated presentation of the Psalm comparing God to a Good Shepherd.
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BS1450 23RD 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
BS1450 23RD 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside still waters. The Twenty-Third Psalm is one of the most widely recognized and quoted passages of the Old Testament, and one of the first prayers that children are taught at home and in Sunday School. Michael Hague brings this most comforting psalm to life with his lavish and moving paintings of the natural world in harmony: there are beatific children and sweet baby animals and, presiding over all, the peaceful and loving presence of Jesus. This is a picture book that will be a perfect gift for a new baby, a child's first communion--or for any day that thanks are given.

Author Notes

Michael Hague 's illustrations for A Child's Book of Prayers and other classics have earned him a dedicated following and a reputation as one of America's most esteemed illustrators. He lives with his wife, author Kathleen Hague, and their three children in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Visit Michael Hague at his web site:

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-6. Hague's charming style of illustration is evident in this interpretation of the psalm that compares God to a shepherd. Each phrase of the psalm is accompanied by a picture of a child engaged in an activity that reverently conveys the power of the King James Scripture. Although the children's clothing is fairly modern, the images have an Edwardian feel--quiet, reassuring, and quaint. To illustrate the valley of the shadow of death, for example, Hague presents a child alone in a cemetery. On the following page, two children embrace next to a flower-laden cross to illustrate "I will fear no evil: for thou art with me." Hague often balances the sweetly idyllic and old-fashioned with realistic details and deep-toned colors, suffusing his subject matter with a soothing and accessible quality. For the library in need of newer selections in the 200s, this is a good choice, as is Psalm 23, illustrated by Tim Ladwig (1997), which offers an entirely different approach--an embattled urban setting. Both evoke new meaning for our times. --Shelley Townsend-Hudson

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3 In a handsome format, the framed verses of the King James Version, each decorated with a spray of golden pansies, appear on the versos and face full-page mixed-media illustrations of children in situations associated with the scriptural quotations. In most, the connection is apparent, but some, such as a preening swan for "thou anointest my head with oil," are a bit of a stretch. Nevertheless, the youngsters depicted in soft, rich colors in lush outdoor settings are winsomely realistic and expressive. However, although the Psalms are part of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, the pictures stress Christianity, showing church steeples, a wreath-encircled cross, and a stained-glass window of Jesus Christ. This is more a traditional children's Biblical picture book than Bijou LeTord's The Little Shepherd (Doubleday, 1992), which paraphrases the words and has simple, gentle pictures of a Judean shepherd boy, or Julia Miner's The Shepherd's Song: The Twenty-Third Psalm (Dial, 1993; o.p.), which illustrates the psalm with scenes of a sheepherding family on a Greek island. Happily, there are always places for new interpretations of this beloved passage. Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.