K-Gr 3-John's Gospel insists that God's Son was present at creation: "and
without him was made nothing that is made." Nevertheless it will come as a jolt
to many readers of Grimes's creation story to have Jesus lending a hand at the
dawn of time. The Father gives commands and names; the Son is the maker. Both
creators express feelings about their work: longing and laughing, sighing and
loving. For the most part, the language is dignified, though Jesus does
instruct Adam and Eve to "Enjoy." Monotheists may feel that the plural pronoun
makes too prominent an appearance in the last words of the book: "they rested."
The art is bold and inventive. Across textured canvas, bumpy swirls of primary
color, gaudy appliqu s, and thick impastos riot. The art is never so abstract
that it departs from the text, however, and while many spreads have a deep blue
background, lighter pages do provide contrast. This is illustration that might
inspire a child artist.-Patricia Lothrop-Green, St. George's School, Newport,
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