How Did the Animals Help God?

How Did the Animals Help God?

by Nancy Sohn Swartz, Melanie Hall
     
 

For preschoolers—a first lesson in the interconnectedness of all creation.

"In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth…. But something was missing."

In this playful twist to the Genesis story, God asks all of nature to offer gifts to humankind—with a promise that the humans would care for

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Overview

For preschoolers—a first lesson in the interconnectedness of all creation.

"In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth…. But something was missing."

In this playful twist to the Genesis story, God asks all of nature to offer gifts to humankind—with a promise that the humans would care for creation in return. Your child will delight in turning the sturdy pages to see and hear what the many animals wish for us.

Much has been written about the importance of reading simple, beautiful books to babies and preschoolers to stimulate brain development. But perhaps even more important, what you read begins to shape your child's world, and creates the images that will remain with him or her throughout life. We read books to our children about letters, numbers, shapes, colors, and safety, but do we give their minds the early food they need to think about life’s bigger questions?

As spiritual development experts now tell us, each child develops an image of God by age 5, with or without religious instruction. How Did the Animals Help God? takes you and your child on an imaginative journey designed to help you open not only your child’s mind, but your child’s heart and soul as well.

Based on the award-winning picture book In Our Image: God’s First Creatures.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Culled from the 1998 title, In Our Image: God's First Creatures, comes the board book How Did the Animals Help God? by Nancy Sohn Swartz, illus. by Melanie Hall. In this nontraditional version of the Creation, God asks the animals for suggestions in making humans: " `Make them playful,' laughed the dolphin. `With good appetites,' gulped the shark." According to PW, "Hall combines soft watercolors with black-and-neon-toned scratchboard work... the effect is both complex and magical." Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Curious little children will embrace the title question. The tale returns to the beginning of time as recorded in Genesis. With playful and innocent language, a diverse group of animals offers God advice as to how to create people. Every animal feels that qualities about them are the best. Therefore, they advise God to make people with those features. Repetition of phrases such as "said the tiger," "said the lion," and so on guarantees that small readers will easily repeat the text. Inclusion of some interesting verbs piques interest and adds a comfortable feel to the written words. For instance, a cheetah snaps out her advice, while a snail drawls, a lark sings, and a shark gulps advice. Illustrations of softly colored animals on dark, patterned backgrounds allow the readers to see more and more during every read. Images such as rabbits, dragonflies, birds, turtles, and butterflies are woven into the dark background behind the animal speaking. A satisfying agreement comes to light when God tells the creatures that people will possess attributes of goodness, love and kindness, and that they will take care of the animals and the entire world. Reciprocal feelings will pass between the animals and people as they care for each other. Pick this book up for Sunday school use or for personal use as a way to show spiritualism to youngsters. 2004, Skylight Paths Publishing, Ages 3 mo. to 4.
—Nancy Garhan Attebury

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594730443
Publisher:
Skylight Paths Publishing
Publication date:
07/01/2004
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range:
4 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Nancy Sohn Swartz is a certified elementary school teacher with more than 30 years of experience in various educational settings. She enjoys incorporating storytelling into her work with children. She lives in Randolph, Massachusetts, with her family.

Melanie Hall has illustrated more than twelve children's books, including In Our Image: God's First Creatures.

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