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The Creation

by James Weldon Johnson

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An older African American man tells the story of the Creation of the world. Using language from the Bible in a poetic form, he explains to young children the days of creation. After each day, there is an accompanying beautiful picture to capture the good work that God has done. This would be a nice book to use with young children as they learn the book of Genesis. ( )
  KMClark | Jul 17, 2014 |
This was a great book as soon as I started reading I felt like I was reading the book of Genesis out of the bible. This would be a great book to explain to the younger generation for them to learn how the world was started. ( )
  MaryEttaJ | Feb 13, 2013 |
This book tells the story of the creation of the world with a southern black country style. The illustrations gorgeously capture the details of the seven days of creation. This is great to introduce how stories get passed down from generation to generation. ( )
  LindseyB12 | Feb 13, 2013 |
This story is just like the story told in the bible. Instead of it being just how God created the world, this story is told in poetic form and with pictures. ( )
  mdrumgold | Apr 10, 2012 |
I love the illustrations in the book. You can understand the story without reading the words. The illustration retell the story itself. This is a beatiful and colorful telling of the creation story from Genesis. ( )
  mmgomez1 | Feb 29, 2012 |
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This illustrated edition of Johnson's 1919 poem, which won the 1995 Coretta Scott King Award, brings the story of Creation down to earth and into the grasp of young children. Alternating with the poetry are richly expressive double-page spreads and attractive border elements that feature animal motifs and scenes from The Beginning--light, earth, water, plants, animals and lastly, a ruddy, clay-colored human rising out of a field of flowers. An illustrated sub-plot of an animated storyteller relating the Creation story before a group of enthralled children relieves the poem its relative predictability and offers a friendly stand-in for the role of God. It also hints at the importance of human participation, itself sacred and timeless.

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A poem based on the story of creation from the first book of the Bible.

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