Sunday, February 13, 2011

Book Review: The Touch of the Master’s Hand


The Touch of the Master’s Hand was a poem written by Myra Brooks Welch back in 1921.  This is a beautiful poem.  I had never read it before.  The poem is about the fact that regardless of how we feel about ourselves or how others view us, we are still loved and worthy in the eyes of God.  This poem really hit home for me and I am so lucky to have had the opportunity to review it.  Greg Newbold, the illustrator for this book, is amazing.  The pictures are beautiful.  This hardcover book is definitely going to be a favorite in my bookcase. 
I read the book to my daughter, who did not understand it at first, but did once I explained the message.  I am not able to read it to my students, although I know there are many that could benefit from it, because it’s related to God and we are not allowed to read books related to religion in my Guidance program. 
More about Greg Newbold:
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR: Greg Newbold has always loved to draw and paint and feels fortunate to be able to create art for a living. Making the world a more beautiful place through his paintings is one of Greg’s ideals, because “life needs art.” His finely detailed, nostalgic and sometimes whimsical artwork can be enjoyed in several picture books including The Barnyard Night Before Christmas written by Beth Terrill (Random House; 2007) and Winter Lullaby by Barbara Seuling (Gulliver Books-Harcourt; 1998). Greg’s paintings for The Touch of the Master’s Hand earned Awards of Merit from both The Society of Illustrators and Communication Arts.
Thank you very much to for allowing me the opportunity to review this wonderful, inspiring book. 


  1. I had no idea that it was originally just a poem because I've only heard the song. Beautiful story.



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