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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Illustrating this verse adaptation of the biblical Creation story, Ransome intersperses paintings of natural wonders with scenes of an African American man reciting to an audience of rapt youngsters. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-An earlier edition of Johnson's fine poem of the Harlem Renaissance failed to find illustrations to match its excellence (Little, 1993). Ransome, however, has given its verbal artistry powerful visual expression. Double-page spreads of scenes from the Creation-light, earth, water, vegetation, animals, humans-alternate with the poem. Displays of text appear on the right-hand pages, bordered with repeated animal motifs. Opposite them are paintings of a storyteller under a shady tree, giving what is clearly an animated performance to a group of children. The intimacy and relative predictability of these scenes contrast effectively with the splendid movement and spacious surprises of the alternates. The division of the poem into pages is well paced, and there is a satisfying buildup to the last spread, depicting a man the ruddy brown of Georgia clay rising from a flowering meadow. The artist has avoided the pitfall of trying to show God at work, while providing a perfect creative stand-in, the benign storyteller. This book combines the sense of awe and nobility at creation with respect and wonder at human participation. It should make Johnson's poem better known, while showcasing Ransome's impressive talent.-Patricia Dooley, formerly at University of Washington, Seattle

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Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
An Ala Notable Book Series
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Product dimensions:
7.77(w) x 10.01(h) x 0.15(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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Creation 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I was a very young child, around the age of 7, I had to memorize the Creation for a program at church. It was passed on to me by my mother. I have recited the Creation in Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Indiana and Kentucky. It's such a dramatic reading that if recited with visuals and costumes, your audiance get a feel or being there when the world was created. I'm now 43 and still recites the poem at least 3 to 4 times a year for different organizations and programs!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to memorize 'The Creation' for English class in 1979. Today, I have my daughter memorizing it because of it's truth and power. Well written & easy to understand. Recommend to all students & adults of all ages. Wendy
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this poem in high school the year 1982-1984. I loved reading it over and over. I told my 15 year old son about it and he loved hearing what I had to say about it and now he wants to read it for himself. It makes you feel so worldly to understand what and how the world was created. It was almost as if you were right there seeing GOD create.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This poem, The Creation, I thought was a very good poem. I could really look into it as if I were really standing there watching it happen. I loved it