A young child is inspired by art and faith to draw pictures of God.
After visiting an art museum and viewing the works of Picasso, Emma is moved to draw and create like the great artist. She meditates on what to draw and hears whispers from her mind and heart to draw God. Unfortunately, when Emma shares her first drawing—a vibrant yellow ball of light—with Peter the next day at school, he tells her that her drawing is simply the sun. Emma is disheartened but tries again. However, her next attempts (of a warm and toasty brown loaf like her mother bakes and a throbbing red heart symbolizing love) are also dismissed as bread and a Valentine—not God. Emma learns that she doesn’t need the approval of her friends and realizes that her drawings are truly representations of God to her. By the end of the book, all of the other children are drawing their own pictures of God, and all of them are different. De Wit’s illustrations well match the text and story: simple line drawings that have an abstract quality that mirrors the art theme. God is not defined or attributed to any particular religion in this book, so it will have appeal to readers of many faiths. It closes with suggestions for faith-based activities for children that connect with Emma’s story.
A simple, easily understood, and welcome book about children’s relationships with God. (Picture book. 4-8)