CREATION SONG by Anna Scott-Brown


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Age Range: 5 & up
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In this poetic retelling of the Genesis story, God dreams of the world and begins to sing. Striking illustrations blend rich color and batik-like patterns with arresting images of all his song calls forth. First, he creates the earth and its geology, then the sun, stars and planets. His tears of joy create water and his laughter, plants. Next come the animals. Finally, he sings a song that creates man and woman from man, and all dance together in praise and joy. Children will be drawn in by the story’s lyrical descriptions, gentle humor and intricate, involving illustrations. While its influence is unapologetically creationist—God creates the planets and affects the earth’s landscape, topics not directly covered in the original scripture—this is overall an accessible retelling. The sometimes biblical syntax (“From on high they landed on the earth….” “the music wrapped itself around man / and brought forth woman”) may require some explanation for readers unaccustomed to such heightened language. While perhaps not appropriate for every collection, a lovely choice for a religious audience. (Picture book/religion. 5 & up)

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-7459-6049-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Lion/Trafalgar
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 2008


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