The Story of the Creation: Words from Genesis

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A book to share and treasure, this is a true celebration of life. From the highly acclaimed illustrator of The Story of Christmas and Noah's Ark comes the tale of the Creation, the seven-day genesis of the earth and its inhabitants, as recounted in the King James Version of the Bible. Brilliant full-color pictures reveal each unfolding detail of God's plan.
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Overview

A book to share and treasure, this is a true celebration of life. From the highly acclaimed illustrator of The Story of Christmas and Noah's Ark comes the tale of the Creation, the seven-day genesis of the earth and its inhabitants, as recounted in the King James Version of the Bible. Brilliant full-color pictures reveal each unfolding detail of God's plan.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In Ray's ( The Story of Christmas ; Noah's Ark ) latest picture book, sumptuous folk-art-inspired illustrations, embellished with glittering splashes of gold paint, help relate the story of the earth's beginnings. The majestic phraseology of the King James Bible provides a spiritually moving, though not overly sectarian text that offers an excellent introduction to creationism. Readers will delightedly pore over the various beasts, fish and fowl here, with fur, fins and feathers rendered elegantly and intricately. Handsomely designed page frames, along with frieze-like borders in tones of blue, red, green and sand add to the visual feast. Ray has once again demonstrated her mastery in treating her subject matter with the utmost reverence while creating a thoroughly accessible and artistically sophisticated work. All ages. (Jan.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 5-- ``Creation'' may be a mind-stretching concept, but these gorgeously colored, naively proportioned, multiple vignettes make it manageable, as well as beautiful. Even the formless void is depicted, contained by arched, gold-edged framing; but orderliness is matched by profusion, for the artist as well as for God. Folk-art exuberance, sapphire and emerald hues, and decorative detail mark Ray's style and reflect Creation's rich abundance. Curio-box borders offer closeup samples of this bounty: e.g. eggs, feathers, wings, etc. accompanying the creation of ``fowl.'' The brief King James text faithfully replicates ``a not ``the'' story of how the world began,'' which ends with a honey-colored Eve and a dusky Adam tenderly companionable in a pre-serpent Eden. A celebration of the Genesis tradition that's as rich and lovely as Ray's Noah's Ark 1990 and Story of Christmas 1991, both Dutton. --Patricia Dooley, University of Washington, Seattle
Ilene Cooper
Ray, who has been delighting readers with her imaginative versions of bible stories, such as "Noah's Ark" and "The Story of Christmas" , now offers her artistic interpretation of the seven days of creation. Using verses from the King James Version of the Bible, Ray illustrates the words with panels, boxes, and borders that emphasize the separation of nature, but as the flora and fauna begin appearing, the boxes and borders become more cohesive, at times turning into sumptuous spreads, like the one of the ocean, crowded with fish. Particularly moving is Ray's depiction of the first man and woman (of different races) within a sheltering border of musical notes, geometric symbols, and different styles of writing; on the next double-page spread, all of God's creatures are present, and the woman and man are seen communing with the animals. All of the pictures are in Ray's folk-art style, gloriously painted in rich hues and highlighted with an iridescent gold that adds to the sense of majesty. "Childlike" and "grand" are words that usually don't describe the same thing. Here, they most beautifully do.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525449461
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/1993
  • Edition description: 1st American ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 7 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.92 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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