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Sing In Praise: A Collection Of The Best Loved Hymns


2.61  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Hardcover, 94 pages
Published 1946 by Dutton
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Cassandra Gelvin
Mar 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Children's books were different back then.

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It's a super long book of hymns. I'm not sure how many of them are popular nowadays, but it does include some notable ones like "Onward Christian Soldiers," "Rock of Ages," and "Holy Holy Holy". There's a bunch of like stories about the person or people who wrote the hymn, and why it was written. Each hymn is accompanied by an illustration of cherubic children or angels
Maria Rowe
1947 Caldecott Honor Book

I enjoyed this but I think the audience is limited for it today. Its a collection of Christian hymns and (most) are accompanied by a page or two description of the composer. I wasnt familiar with many of the hymns so after a few pages I ended up searching for the music on the internet, listening to it, then reading the section on the song. That made the book a lot more interesting. The illustrations in this are really lovely and I love the one of the girl walking in
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a truly lovely book. The illustrations are nice, and accompany the hymns well, though the artwork is not stellar. I really appreciated the background of these hymns, though they were watered-down or prettied-up a bit. The collection is pretty England-based; my guess would be an Anglican or Methodist background to the author.
Seema Rao
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Feels a bit like a time warp. But, I expect that this was a book that was well-loved by its generation of kids.
Feb 19, 2013 rated it did not like it
Kind of weird to vote "thumbs down" on a children's book of hymns, especially a Caldecott honoree. This just doesn't feel like a children's book, but more of a history of selected hymns or a reference work; accompanying many hymns are a history (including the childhood dreams and development of the lyricist or composer) with verse, music and a full-page illustration (these are okay, but too much like Precious Moments for me). I'm not familiar with most of the background stories, but did notice ...more
Jan 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nerdcott-2012
So far not terribly impressed. The information in the book is great, telling the history of the various songs, but the pictures aren't all that special, especially compared with the beauty of Sing Mother Goose, which had the same author and illustrator. Maybe they rushed this one out, but it is a pale comparison to their other collaboration. Maybe I will change my mind when I finish the book.
UPDATE - Finished the book, and didn't really change my mind. The information about the hymns was
Katie Fitzgerald
I loved song books as a kid, and would definitely have loved this one, which is a collection of well-known Christian hymns. I knew most of them and found myself humming or singing them aloud as I went along, and it was neat to learn the stories behind each one and its creator. The accompanying paintings might not appeal much to todays children, but they are very beautiful and have the right mood for a book with religious content. My favorite illustration is of the young girl in braids bowing her ...more
This is a collection of traditional hymns with the story behind some of them written next to them. There are also illustrations to accompany them. I found the stories of the hymns to be written in rather dated language, but considering this was written in 1946, that can be forgiven. Some were also a bit simplified, especially a story about Martin Luther. I listened to most of the hymns on YouTube and that enhanced the experience more than just reading the words to the hymns. I also liked the ...more
This book won a 1947 Caldecott Honor award, and that is the reason for me checking it out. Apparently the author made a point of creating songbooks about famous composers, and these hymns are no exception. It is interesting that she includes a story about the composer and why they wrote the song. I had heard of some of the songs. Once again Marjorie Torrey's illustrations make a boring book better, but I preferred the illustrations for "Sing Mother Goose" more than this. Recommended for ages 7+, ...more
May 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
Hummel-like children are not my cup of tea. And in this book all of the children were rosy-cheeked, bright red-lipped, and angelic looking. Stories of the origins of traditional hymns were somewhat interesting, but after the first few I kept wondering what the author's source material was? How did she KNOW that Martin Luther "hurried off to the library and was soon lost in the wonder and delight of the beauties he found" in the Bible?
A bunch of Christian hymns with short synopses of their composers. The idea behind it is great but it is a pretty boring book. The illustrations are disappointing for a Caldecott.
Jan 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: caldecott
The illustrations were nice, but the text was very long.
Biographical information about the composers and authors of many classic hymns.
Brindi Michele
1947 Caldecott Honor

Information on where some of the most popular hymns come from; however, most of the hymns I'd never heard of. I like the balance of white and black and colored illustrations.
May 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
Lyrics and music notation along with a brief story of how the hymns came to be.
Caledcott honor.
Dec 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
Caldecott Honor 1947
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved the stories behind the hymns and the incredible artwork.
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