And There Was Evening and There Was Morning

Kar-Ben Pub  2018

 

This new picture book about the world’s creation employs unusual, creative illustrations to deliver its story. The tale is told through rhymes of mixed quality. Following the structure of Genesis, the authors sum up each of the seven days with an appropriate, clever adjective. For example, day three is fruitful; day five is noisy. Each day’s illustration creatively incorporates Hebrew text of that day’s creation. Letters that spell out the word “water” form the crests of waves; likewise, the Hebrew word for “star” is arranged in small, bright clusters. A glossary at the volume’s end will help readers unfamiliar with the language to appreciate what an accomplishment this is.

This is a welcome new picture book on a topic that has not had much press lately. Readers ages 4 to 7 will enjoy the story, and the art may even encourage readers to draw Hebrew-based pictures of their own.



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