In At Break Of Day, God the Father and God the Son are artists who delight in their creation. Nikki Grimes's poetic text celebrates the wonders of the universe and its creatures and the loving collaborative effort that brings it into existence. Paul Morin's bold, textured paintings capture the intense excitement of a universe called into being out of nothingness and powerfully convey the raw splendor of the new creation. For ages 3 and up.
In At Break of Day, God the Father and God the Son are artists who delight in their creation.
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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Grimes (Jazmin's Notebook) bases this striking interpretation of the Genesis
creation stories on Hebrews 1:1-2: "In these last days [God] has spoken to us
by a Son... through whom he also created the worlds." Her approach is
simultaneously intimate and archetypal: "Once upon a time there was no time....
There was only darkness and the waters of the deep and a father and son who
watched over them." The son is at the heart of the tale, performing the acts of
creation; the approving father names each of the son's works. Grimes captures
the essence of a father/son relationship, with its mutual love and admiration,
while also conveying the unique status of this particular father/son dynamic.
Her lyrical gifts are everywhere in abundance, set out with a deceptive
simplicity that evokes an oral tradition; fittingly, Morin's (The Orphan Boy)
mixed-media illustrations also evoke the art of oral cultures. His animals,
fish and flowers look as if they are made of fabric, embroidered or woven,
painted on clay; the vivid colors look dyed; the patterns and designs conjure
up images of indigenous art from around the world. This story speaks to the
heart of Christian theology, stirringly depicting God's passionate love for
creation, a love that would consent to become sacrificial--these complex
lessons are implied, and the graceful delivery of sophisticated themes and
imagery will entice readers to delve for such deeper meanings. All ages. (Nov.)
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