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Author: Rylant, Cynthia
The King James Bible creation story illustrated in a folk-art style.
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Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 3.20
Points: .5 Quiz: 192307
Kirkus Reviews (06/01/16)
Booklist (+) (09/01/16)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 09/01/2016 *Starred Review* The creation story has been told many times for children, but Rylant’s version presents its wonder in the simplest of ways. The spare text is faithful to the biblical account of those first seven days, but it takes Genesis’ words and distills them to their purest forms, not only making the text suitable for a young audience but also showing children the clarity and precision with which God worked. The narrative also highlights images not easily recalled from the original text. Does the biblical passage really call out whales by name as one of God’s creations? It does, and the two-page spread that shows an arc of gray sitting upon the water bears witness to that fact. Rylant, who has occasionally done her own illustrations in the past, offers artwork that is as bold as it is spare. Thick brush strokes turn into arresting skies, seas, and sand; layers of acrylic paint form unique colors that are perhaps yet to be named: colorful dots on smudges of green become fruit trees; and a long, thin line, squiggling along the sand is a snake. As with the best stories, this allows room for readers to add to its creation with their own thoughts and imaginations. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.