James Weldon Johnson The Creation

ISBN 13: 9780823410699

The Creation

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9780823410699: The Creation

A poem based on the story of creation from the first book of the Bible.

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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.

James E. Ransome received both the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration and the IBBY Honor Award for his art for The Creation by James Weldon Johnson. Other awards include Coretta Scott King Honor Awards, an NACP Image Award, and a Parenting Reading Magic Award. He lives in New York State with his family.

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