on January 24, 2007
There's as much joyful as their is almighty in the God of The Genesis of It All. Luci Shaw's picture book ( illustrated by Sr. Huai-Kuang Miao and Sr. Mary Lane) about the Creation of the Earth and its occupants is full of swirls and twirls of teeming life and streaming light that merge and emerge anew with more and more of the metaphorical, magical truth of Genesis 1. Take hold of a child's hand while you read this book and become a part of the story and you'll feel the abundant love of a joyful God wrapping you in light and life and transcendence all at once. It's a fun book, the first few pages of the biography of a Creator God who just loves to make things, who rejoices in every form of life.
on March 23, 2011
I first saw this book when my grandson took it out at the Library. I just bought 2; one for an expectant mother (well, actually for the baby, but the mom gets the present), and one for my own collection of children's books (think reading to grandchildren). It makes the "In the Beginning" story very understandable and is great for adults as well as children.
on July 13, 2010
Lucy Shaw is a gifted poet and her creativity shines through this book. The words are almost lyrical and although the book is written for children I loved reading it. The illustrations are larger than life, colorful, and imaginative. Lucy Shaw tells the creation story as though God is talking to Himself as He ponders what to make next. Whimsical comments like, "And it wasn't easy.", or "It was very tricky" frequently follows each step of creation.
I'm a church librarian and I can attest to the popularity of the book. It always gets checked out as soon as it is checked in. The text is faithful to the Biblical account of creation and that's important to me.
This is a book that you and your children will be drawn to again and again just to savor each word and image. A wonderful, different telling of the creation story.