Absolutely Lovely! — 7 years ago
This book is simply breathtaking in its creatively detailed drawings and inspired subject matter. Johannah has certainly captured the domestic Godliness of the spirit of a home dedicated to His service, and built by the Lord. It is now officially a family treasure here at our house, and sits on one of the revered bookshelves in the living room (ie; not the kids’ rooms, nor my own)! When it first arrived, our children simultaneously exclaimed “WOW!” Tabitha asked, “Who drew this?!” When I told them that a fellow homeschooler had done it, Tabitha said, “She must be famous! Does she make lots of these books?” Then, we proceeded to drop everything we were doing and ended up sitting there, spellbound for quite some time, perusing the pages of this lusciously illustrated book, getting lost in its playfully minute details…
Within its pages is a wholesome, vibrantly colorful feast for the eyes, and inspiration for the soul. Numerous scenes depict children together, and with their parents, both working and playing, outdoors and in the home, animal families, exquisite flowers, beautifully stippled borders around some of the illustrations, fireflies and paper lanterns. My personal favorite though, is the very first drawing of the little girl swinging outside of her house, which shows the scene under the ground as well, complete with the tree roots and various animal families shown all cozily huddled in their burrows below the ground.
It’s somehow, to me, reminiscent of a happy time in my own childhood. One of the few photos I have of myself as a little girl is of me swinging from a tree swing. It also reminds me alot of my own artistic endeavors as a girl. I used to draw countless detailed pictures of animals, as does my own daughter now. I took drawing seriously, and ended up going on to study Fine Art in college for three years.
This book is special in that it made me smile, and brought a genuine joy to my own childrens’ eyes as only a quality picture book can. Johannah has managed to capture within these pages the sweet essence of childhood and family unity, a perfect accompaniment to the 127th Psalm. Yes, we are all temporarily enchanted when we pick up this book… Psalm 127 in particular has very special meaning to me, and to our family, as I know that it does to so many other Christian families alike. Thank you Johannah, for sharing your talent with us all. I do look forward now to collecting all of your childrens’ books eventually. You have a most distinguished style… kid and artsy Mommy approved!
Tabitha (who will be 7yo next month) says, “I like this book and it’s one of my favorite poems. I like how it has animals in it. It has an animal to represent the different ideas. She’s really good at drawing horses…”
We also received a copy of Johannah Bluedorn’s beautiful watercolor “Reading Among the Pansies” on an Art card (which we’re using as a special bookmark).