LIGHT by Sarah Waldman


The First Seven Days
adapted by & illustrated by
Age Range: 3 & up
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 The illustrator's daughter, 13, stays close to the text as it appears in Genesis, varying repetitions a bit (``It was all very good'') and ad-libbing some embellishments (``the softer light of the moon would shine through the nights, with the help of twinkling stars''); she also adds a ``Storyteller's Note'' on the creation story as a reminder ``to take care of our beautiful planet.'' The text, white on black in an elegant face, makes a stylish foil for art in luminous stained-glass hues, artfully composed of mosaic-like passages of dabs of color, larger areas in solid tones, decorative grace notes, and stylized figures- -e.g., an extraordinary portrait of Adam and Eve, where Waldman's freewheelingly unrealistic use of brilliant color is particularly striking. (But should Adam have an Adam's apple before the Fall?) A joyous use of contemporary graphics to retell the first story. (Picture book. 3+)

Pub Date: June 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-15-220870-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Harcourt
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 1993