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Let There Be Light: The Story of Creation

Tutu, Desmond (Author)
Tillman, Nancy (Illustrator)
HarperCollins 2014. 32 pages
First published: 2014
ISBN: 9780007552580 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Dewey: 222
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

figurative language

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

The creation story of the Christian Bible is retold in child-friendly language: “In the very beginning, God’s love bubbled over when there was nothing else . . . .” First day and night are born, then the sky, then the oceans—each new wonder described in terms that are evocative and reverent.

Illustrations use collage techniques and images of nature to convey the majesty and magic in the story. A glowing ball shoots painterly sparks. (“Let there be light.”) A giant bloom fills the foreground of a savannah landscape, blanketed by a faint musical score. (“. . . the first flower opened . . .”). Children may wish to guess what’s coming up in the days that follow, as birds fly over water and animals roam the land. The final spread shows a child astride a giant bird, with a leopard and mongoose as companions. Among flowers and trees, they gaze up at a glittering sky. (“God looked at everything that he had made and clapped his hands together in delight.”)

Whatever the religious beliefs of readers, with both language and image, this book gracefully urges an appreciation and respect for the gifts of this world.

  •  

    Discuss the Christian creation story of God creating the world in seven days. Brainstorm the different things he might have created in the very beginning.

  •  

    Do a picture walk of the story. Compare the illustrations to your ideas about creation.

  •  

    Write and draw your favourite part of this creation story.

  •  Read a creation story from a different religion. Compare and contrast the stories.
  •  

    Brainstorm and list your knowledge about how the world was created.

  •  

    Do a picture walk of the story. Compare the illustrations to your understanding of the creation of the world.

  •  

    Read a variety of creation stories. Compare and contrast them. Show your understanding through a graphic organizer.

  • To construct his/her identity
  • To cooperate with others
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Ethics and Religious Culture