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Publishers Weekly
God is likened to a great artist with boundless creative inspiration in this lively version of the creation story. Making her children's book debut, Cohen, a rabbi, describes God's amazing handiwork: "Like a potter, God formed desert canyons and riverbeds.... Like a painter, God colored the leopard's spots, the zebra's stripes and the panda's black-and-white patches." The creation of nature's landscapes, animals and "a boy and girl in our image" require bounteous energy. God, though very tired, continues working day after day, until late in the afternoon on the sixth day when "at last, God was satisfied." On the seventh day, God announces "It is time for Shabbat" and calls all the world he has fashioned to celebrate with song, prayer and a grape juice toast of "L'Chayim-To Life!" Cohen's text expresses a joyous mood of appreciating wonders provided by God and being mindful of giving thanks for such gifts. Hall's (On Hanukkah) mixed-media compositions swirl with color and energy. Her palette balances purple sunsets, fluffy white clouds and verdant fields and mountains all in a vibrant, appealing rainbow of life. Ages 3-8. (Feb.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-This story is a combination of the traditional Jewish creation myth, which leads to the beginning of the Sabbath, and a prayer in which God is referred to as a potter, a painter, and, in this case, a musician. At times the parallels between the jobs and the actions of the Creator are strained, and the language occasionally becomes overly sweet. The mixed-media illustrations are quite lovely, with a Chagall-like feel. They flow nicely across the pages along with the story, but they, too, at times stray into saccharine. The addition of the Jewish prayer for the wine and for Shabbat seems to limit this title to a somewhat religious group, but the phraseology in places is fairly modern and will probably not be acceptable to the Orthodox community. Reform and Conservative Jewish communities may find this book useful, but it's unlikely to have a wider audience.-Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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Lerner Publishing Group
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Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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