I wanted to share two excellent Picture Books which exemplify LOVE in such an exquisite, yet practical way.
Hands Say Love
by George Shannon and illustrated by Taeeun Yoo
published by Hachette Book Group in 2014
The most gentle and endearing text make this book an instant classic, and one you absolutely must have in your personal family library.
Hands that do all they can do are also saying “I love you.”
Hands that gently wake you up.
This wonderful little book’s text – exhibits – the words to my life’s story and my humble prayer as a mama…hoping that in my small actions of love for my family and my friends, I can show them how much I love and care for them.
Can you tell how much I adore this book…. I really really loved it.
It is something I strive to teach my children- I urge them to take pride in all the work that they do, wether it might be doing something simple or menial (Like walking the dog or clearing the table) or something more complex (like writing an essay for school- or helping an older person at the supermarket) – I insist that doing your best and making something beautiful brings God pleasure…
Loving and Serving our neighbours are so important. Loving our family and taking care of those in our vicinity is an easy way to share the Love which Jesus taught us to give freely. We should seek to serve one another as this was Jesus most important command to us :
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
Hands that help the baby walk.
Wipe a tear.
Hold you near.
Play a song.
Just gorgeous. This loving family goes about their day to day activities, serving one another and their community- organising a happy celebration- and enjoying one another. I especially love the cheerful noisiness and everyday quality which made the illustrations so joyful. This book will make you smile.
Hands & Hearts With 15 words in American Sign Language
by Donna Jo Napoli and illustrated by Amy Bates
published by Abrams Books for Young Readers in 2014
This book is fresh and fun and deserves to be widely read. It is a celebration of nature and the joy of being outdoors at the beach. A song of love between a mother and her daughter. A beautiful exploration of sign language, which can be used as a useful form of communication for both hearing and deaf people. Ms. Napoli has contributed some useful resources for further exploration of American Sign Language and several books at her page here at Swarthmore College- where she studies linguistics.
Each image is helpfully placed alongside text which imaginatively sets out how one can form the sign for 15 different everyday objects. For example the above illustration is for the word: HANDS
I found this book really fun and playful and I enjoyed trying out the different hand shapes.
Yak Yak hands
Yak Yak Fingers
Telling as we RUN
out the gate down the path
flutter on the FLOWERS
point at the gulls
Take my hands
and DANCE me dizzy
swim me around
fly me to the dunes
I’ve been very touched by these wonderful worship songs- which have been interpreted into sign language – by the Rock Church Deaf Ministry
Check out their awesome play list on youtube HERE