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An beautifully illustrated rendition of a 1927 poem by a famous member of the Harlem Renaissance tells of God's creation of the world up to the making of man, capturing the rhythms and cadences of African-American folktales and country sermons.
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This illustrated edition of Johnson's 1919 poem, which won the 1995 Coretta Scott King Award, brings the story of Creation down to earth and into the grasp of young children. Alternating with the poetry are richly expressive double-page spreads and attractive border elements that feature animal motifs and scenes from The Beginning--light, earth, water, plants, animals and lastly, a ruddy, clay-colored human rising out of a field of flowers. An illustrated sub-plot of an animated storyteller relating the Creation story before a group of enthralled children relieves the poem its relative predictability and offers a friendly stand-in for the role of God. It also hints at the importance of human participation, itself sacred and timeless.About the Author:
JAMES WELDON JOHNSON (1871–1938) was a songwriter, poet, novelist, journalist, critic, autobiographer, lawyer, and public servant. With his brother John Rosamond, he wrote “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” which became the African American national anthem. He was United States consul to Venezuela and Nicaragua, executive director of the NAACP, and a professor of creative literature at Fisk University. His many books include The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man.
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Book Description Holiday House, 1994. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110823410692
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Book Description Holiday House, 1994. Condition: New. James E. Ransome (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0823410692