Let There Be Light

Let There Be Light

4.7 7
by Desmond Tutu, Nancy Tillman

View All Available Formats & Editions

In Let There Be Light Nancy Tillman, the New York Times bestselling author of On the Night You Were Born, and Nobel Peace Prize Winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu combine their extraordinary talents to retell the story of God’s glorious creation.See more details below

  • Checkmark Kids' Club Eligible  Shop Now


In Let There Be Light Nancy Tillman, the New York Times bestselling author of On the Night You Were Born, and Nobel Peace Prize Winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu combine their extraordinary talents to retell the story of God’s glorious creation.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Drawing text from Tutu's 2010 Children of God Storybook Bible, Tillman (On the Night You Were Born) imagines a cosmos called into being by a humanlike entity suffused with lights and clouds. The illustrator's luminous, photorealistic style adds an intriguing edge to Tutu's friendly theology. When he writes that "the first flower opened in all its glory," Tillman zooms in on a daffodil with delicately veined petals and a cup filled with the almost blinding radiance of God; a reference to the creation of "cats and mice" on the sixth day inspires a painting of a lion and white mice that has the physicality of a museum diorama. As is often the case in books of this genre, the appearance of humans is something of a letdown: multicultural children are shown wearing glowing crowns and what appears to be a combination of native dress and Sunday School pageant costumes. Tutu is more original and eloquent: "I will make people, and I'll make them like me so they can enjoy the earth and take care of it." Ages 4–8. (Jan.)
Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Desmond Tutu—archbishop, Nobel Peace Prize—winner (1984), and author—brings the biblical creation tale from the Old Testament to children of today in text taken from his Children of God Storybook Bible and quotations from The Holy Bible, New International Version. This creator is a god of love, who smiles and admires the pristine and beautiful Earth he calls into being. Tutu adds descriptive words like “sparkling,” “joyous,” and “wonderful” to spark the imagination of young readers and envisions the god of creation clapping his hands in delight, laughing, and enjoying “his glorious creation.” Each day of the process occupies at least one horizontal spread (sometimes more), picturing clouds, waves, stars, trees, birds and animals, and finally, people. The humans, appropriately for this audience, are children of many hues wearing bright robes and glittering crowns; each is accompanied by a baby animal, or fruit, flowers, and butterflies. Illustrations are drenched in saturated color; especially striking are the contrast of day and night, scarlet birds taking off, and a deep blue nighttime scene showing a huge pale lion, tiny mice, and the moon. The artist, creator of On the Night You Were Born (Feiwel & Friends, 2010) and The Wonder of You (Feiwel & Friends, 2008), has adopted as her mission letting children know “You are loved” and those words, indeed, appear on the final page. Tutu’s lyrical interpretation might also serve as an introduction to the more austere version found in the King James translation of the Old Testament’s Genesis. This attractive book would make a lovely present for a Christian or Jewish child and an appropriate addition to a collection of world creation myths. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft; Ages 4 to 8.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 4—Archbishop Tutu's version of the creation story first appeared in his Children of God Storybook Bible (Zonderkids, 2010). The retelling of the first chapter of Genesis is both accessible and poetic, with the emphasis being on God's love. Tillman, best known for her "You Are Loved" trilogy (Feiwel and Friends), brings her signature style to the digitally rendered illustrations. The colors are bright yet misty, with no sharp edges or lines to be found, resulting in a dream-like atmosphere. Her renderings of wild animals are particularly well executed, and a keen observer will find images hiding in clouds. When people appear, they all wear crowns, a conceit that Tillman employed in The Crown on Your Head (Feiwel & Friends, 2011) that may prove puzzling to those unfamiliar with the earlier work. It's a lovely book, suitable for larger collections where religious material is in high demand.—Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
Abstract washes of light give way to equally lambent peaceable-kingdom scenes to illustrate Tutu's rhapsodic retelling of the Bible creation story. Drawn from his Children of God Storybook Bible (2010), the author's simply phrased text highlights God's love—which "bubbled over when there was nothing else"—as the motivating force behind each day's acts of creation. The indistinct shape of a robed, standing figure can be discerned within the initial burst of radiance and also in later illustrations amid clouds and waves, at the heart of a flower and in the subtly modulated colors of various skies. Along with showers of sparkles in some scenes, Tillman recycles a visual element from her own The Crown on Your Head (2011) by clapping shiny crowns atop the heads of a racially diverse group of smiling children in the final illustrations. Further piling on the sentimentality, she transforms the magnificent, exactly detailed elephants, lions and other animals that pose grandly in earlier pictures to toylike figures at the children's feet. "Isn't it wonderful!" concludes God, clapping his hands. Yes, but here the wonder comes with a generous coating of goo. (Religion/picture book. 6-8)

Read More

Product Details

Publication date:
Sales rank:
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 6.50(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network


Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >