Creation / written and illustrated by Cynthia Rylant. 2.4.2019

Beach Lane Books ISBN 9781481470391

PRI PS-Grade 3 Rating: 4

Creation by Cynthia Rylant is a picture book presentation of God’s creation of the world.

The first two chapters of the book of Genesis (King James version) are told across sparse scenes of varied color and texture. Rylant uses bold acrylic paint strokes to capture each day, as darkness and the light, the sea and the sky, grass and trees, and “every living creature that moved” come into being.

The visual simplicity of Creation leaves the focus on the biblical text, making the book a good choice for introducing young readers to the creation story. Fittingly, the seventh day of rest, with its accompanying scene of the night sky, transitions well to bedtime! Children already familiar with this part of Scripture will enjoy the familiar verse and the anticipation of what comes next with each turn of the page.

Nina Ditmar, CLJ