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Yellow & Pink Hardcover – Bargain Price, May 12, 2003
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We're happy to oblige, because it's a delightful book. Steig manages to capture complex, quirky moods and expressions in his marionette characters with an unparalleled economy and simplicity. The dialogue is witty and urbane, without leaving the preschooler behind. The story touches delicately on the perennial and perhap most interesting philosophical question we can ask: Why are we here?
The twist is this: the machine in this story is a sentient humanoid. There are actually two of them, respectively painted yellow and pink. They are marionettes, like Pinocchio, complete with all human faculties except the faculty of reproduction. As my three-year-old pointed out, they are essentially Robots. The pair engages in a philosophical discussion about whether or not they could have "just happened." Defending this hypothesis, the yellow marionette speculates at length about an astronomically improbable series of morphogenetic accidents, glibly dismisses mysteries of their physiological perfection, and ultimately admits that the details of their origin can never be known. Then their Creator comes along, picks them up and carries them away. Apparently now both totally convinced that they "evolved," they don't even realize who He is...
The genius of this retelling is that the intelligently designed and created artifact is here granted the gift of humanity. This reminds us of what we are really talking about: yes, we are having this emotionally charged debate about the origin of Man (and by the way, of other organisms). Casting the artifact as a mannikin, moreover, serves dramatically to focus attention on a paradoxical contrast: the marionettes are at once far, far simpler than organisms (far simpler even than a pocketwatch) and far, far too complex to have happened (twice, it is pointed out) by accident. This double contrast poignantly illustrates astronomical scales of complexity and improbability.Read more ›
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I cannot believe this book is not in print. So, so good. Human origins in a children's book, yet not childish.Published 2 months ago by J. Dunlap
An unabashed indoctrination into creationism and "intelligent design".Published 2 months ago by Daniel M. Drucker, PhD
I've waited to read this book for SO LONG! I finally found a copy here on Amazon that I could afford. It's wonderful. Read morePublished 3 months ago by HannaLee
a wonderful presentation of creation theology for kids young and oldPublished 4 months ago by Yon Lindborg
Was so pleased to find this gem as an ebook! Found the hardcopy at a library many years ago. Tried to find a copy online to buy since we enjoyed it so much, only to find it was out... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Packfan
Steig has written a number of children's books we've enjoyed over the years. This one depicts intelligent design in story form, neatly illustrating the improbability of art... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mrs. True
My young children, 4 and 8, love this book, and the message is clear to them. Wish it could go back into print...would love a hard copy!Published 13 months ago by J. Nicholson
A favorite book. I wish it were more economical because I'd like to give it as a gift to many people I know.Published 13 months ago by melissa ziobro