Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Children love to sing

My First Hymn Book, compiled by Clare Simpson and published by Paraclete Press (www.paracletepress.com)
is full of colorful drawings of children singing together. Some are dancing, some play trumpet or guitar or drums. Some are running or jumping or doing cartwheels throughout the book and all seem to be having a wonderful time together.

This 5 ½ x 7" book is the right size for small hands to hold and it includes the words of 11 well-known hymns that children may know and will enjoy singing from their own hymn book. Parents and siblings and friends can help them with the tunes if they aren’t quite sure how it goes.

Among the hymns are "Jesus Loves Me," "All Things Bright and Beautiful," "This is My Father’s World," "What a Friend We Have in Jesus," and "He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands."

Author Clare Simpson is an editor and music educator at Paraclete Press in Massachusetts. The illustrators are part of Paraclete’s in-house team and their design and artistry complement the words and actions on every page.

If you are starting to look for Christmas gifts or birthday gifts or any gift for a child, this book will quickly become one of their favorites, I’m sure.

—Lois Sibley