Item description for God's Paintbrush by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso & Annette Compton...
Overview Wonderfully interactive, invites children of all faiths and backgrounds to encounter God through moments in their own lives. Multicultural, Nondenominational, Nonsectarian There are many books that give us good stories. This is a book that also gives us good faith. Children speak about God in ways that are different from adults. They ask many questions about God, questions that can be startlingly direct. Oftentimes adults-parents, grandparents, and teachers-feel uncomfortable answering them. Through fantasy, involvement, and the imagination, Sandy Sasso and Annette Compton invite children of all faiths and backgrounds to encounter God openly through moments in their own lives-and help the adults who love them to be a part of that encounter. This book provides a gift of images which nurtures and encourages children in making meaning of their world. For those who have found God, and those who are still searching, this book's ending is your beginning. Take a child's hand, pick up a brush, and paint!
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Studio: Jewish Lights Publishing
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.84" Width: 11.22" Height: 0.32" Weight: 0.84 lbs.
Release Date Jan 31, 1993
Publisher Jewish Lights Publishing
Grade Level Multiple Grades
ISBN 1879045222 ISBN13 9781879045224
Availability 0 units.
More About Sandy Eisenberg Sasso & Annette Compton
Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso is director of the Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts Initiative at Butler University and is a national speaker on women and spirituality and the religious imagination of children. She is rabbi emerita of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck in Indianapolis, where she served for thirty-six years, and is the author of numerous highly acclaimed books for both adults and children. Her children's book The Shema in the Mezuzah won the 2012 National Jewish Book Award for Best Illustrated Children's Book. Peninnah Schram is professor emerita of speech and drama at Yeshiva University. An internationally renowned storyteller, she travels across the United States and other countries as a featured presenter at storytelling festivals and conferences and as an artist-in-residence. She is the author of twelve notable books of Jewish folktales and has received numerous prestigious awards, including a Covenant Award for Outstanding Jewish Educator and the National Storytelling Network's Lifetime Achievement Award.
Sandy Eisenberg Sasso currently resides in Indianapolis, in the state of Indiana.
Reviews - What do customers think about God's Paintbrush?
An Excellent Tool Mar 28, 2007
I am a Preschool teacher in a Christian school. We have many children of different faith backgrounds that attend our school. Sandy Eisenberg Sasso has taken the topic of faith and made it possible to discuss with any person of any denomination, religion or culture. The book is very thought provoking and allows children of all ages to think about God in a personal way; to realize that He has a unique relationship with each one of us. Each time I read one of her books to my class, the children respond to the messages from the heart. I recommend this book to any teacher, parent or caregiver. Rita Colotti
Touches the Mind and the Heart Jan 26, 2005
This book engages children of all ages as well as the adults who may be reading to them. Both my 7 year old daughter and my soon-to-be 11 year old son were drawn in by the relevance of the stories as well as the simple yet captivating images - which delighted even my 2 year old. The questions posed stimulated their imaginations and at the same time made God accessible. They were free to wonder about a God who now seemed more like a friend. A great work is one that touches not only our minds but our hearts. This book does just that.
beautifully written and illustrated Dec 1, 2003
perfect for children's faith formation programs and there is an workbook published for adults who work with children to use, although I could not find it on this website
Great book for those exploring the meaning of God Apr 5, 2000
Broaching the subject of "God" and answering children's questions about God is not easy. "God's Paintbrush" is a wonderful springboard for exploring and discussing the question of God and is written in a way that will stimulate thinking about God and our relationship to God by both children and adults.
The book uses non-sectarian and non-sexist language which many readers will probably appreciate, since so many books refer to God as a "He."
Rather than defining God, the author helps children explore God and their relationship to God through moments in their own lives. "I wonder if God has a big lap to curl up in just like Mom's and strong arms like Dad's to lift me up and catch me when I fall."
When a child looses a tooth in order to make room for a new one, he wonders if the trees mind losing their leaves in the fall or if the snow minds melting to make room for spring..."I think God paints the leaves bright colors in the fall and makes the sun warm in spring because God likes changes. God likes the world to grow."
The book is interactive as each page ends with questions directly related to the text that help children explore God and their relationship to God.
The illustrations are colorful and comforting, showing people from different races.
I highly recommend "God's Paintbrush," especially for those who are looking to explore the meaning of God with their children. It will engage and stimulate the religious imagination of children and help them to think of God as a special friend.