Overview

“In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth...But something was missing...”

Before creating humans, God said, “Let us make humans in Our image, after Our likeness.” In this playful new twist to the Genesis story, God asks all of nature to offer gifts to humankind—with the promise that the humans would care for creation in return.

Then, woman and man were formed from the dust of the earth, in the ...

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In Our Image: God's First Creatures

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Overview

“In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth...But something was missing...”

Before creating humans, God said, “Let us make humans in Our image, after Our likeness.” In this playful new twist to the Genesis story, God asks all of nature to offer gifts to humankind—with the promise that the humans would care for creation in return.

Then, woman and man were formed from the dust of the earth, in the image of God and in the image of all of nature. And it was very good, indeed.

Whether you’re large like the whale, small like the ant, lazy like the lizard, or busy like the bee, this spirited story with its lively illustrations celebrates the interconnectedness of nature and the harmony of all living things.

When God asks the newly-created animals and all of creation to share their gifts with the human beings He is about to create, they respond generously.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Judy Chernak
The classic Biblical creation story with a twist -- rather than the angels getting credit for God's decision to fashion humans in "our" image, the author has the animals each suggest one of their own characteristics to build into humankind. The tiger offers courage, the whale offers great size, the snail proffers slowness, the lizard suggests laziness, and the chimpanzee proposes curiosity. Their excitement at being part of the process changes, however, when God then states, "Woman and man shall have dominion over the fish, birds, every living thing." Their anguish is palpable until God's reasoning calms and reassures them by adding other gifts -- kindness, goodness and love. The ending is quite lovely, and the illustrations throughout are a rare and imaginative treat. The book is "Non-denominational, non-sectarian, endorsed by Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish Religious Leaders."
Children's Literature - Jeanne K. Pettenati
The Genesis story becomes a vibrant, participatory event with this book. God is on the verge of creating humankind when he says, "Let us make humans in Our image, after Our likeness." All the animals in the land, and all of nature respond to God's statement by offering their own special gifts as elements to include in humankind. So the sun says, "Give them warmth," and the lamb says, "Make them gentle," etc. God listens thoughtfully. He tells the animals that, in addition to these gifts, humans will be blessed with other gifts (i.e., love, kindness) that will help them take care of the world. The enchanting illustrations in this oversize book convey a sense of wonder about the world in which we live.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3: A nondenominational, nonsectarian retelling of the creation story that focuses on the period before man and woman were created. The animals tell God the gifts they would like to present to humankind. "The chimpanzee chattered, `Let them always be curious.' The ostrich bent low. `Let them mind their own business.'" After being told that humans will have dominion over them, the animals are frightened but God reassures them that people will care for the world and its inhabitants. There is no gender hierarchy; God is not referred to as either male or female, and both man and woman are created simultaneously. The vibrantly colored illustrations nearly leap off the page in this delightful interpretation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580235204
  • Publisher: Longhill Partners, Inc
  • Publication date: 9/29/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • File size: 6 MB

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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