Cre­ation Colors

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By – June 24, 2019

Cre­ation Col­ors fol­lows the famil­iar bib­li­cal cre­ation sto­ry, with a spe­cial focus on the col­ors found through­out the world. Through the book’s beau­ti­ful­ly illus­trat­ed pages, the read­er watch­es God’s cre­ation take shape and the col­ors He choos­es are named, one by one. Vibrant images depict the col­ors —the blues of the skies and oceans, the greens of the grass­es and trees, as well as all the oth­er col­ors of the rain­bow, as each new part of the world comes into being. But on Day Six, when the first two peo­ple are cre­at­ed, no col­or at all is men­tioned and, because they are seen from the back, no iden­ti­fy­ing facial fea­tures are appar­ent. This unusu­al treat­ment allows the read­er the free­dom to imag­ine what these first two peo­ple looked like. The next spread expands on this theme, acknowl­edg­ing the rich diver­si­ty of humankind. Peo­ple are shown in an array of col­ors, accom­pa­nied by text that reads, But soon there were many, many more, in every shade and hue.” This is a sen­si­tive treat­ment the impor­tance of rep­re­sen­ta­tion and a wel­come reminder of our shared humanity.

To achieve the dis­tinc­tive tech­nique used to cre­ate the tex­tured art, not­ed artist and illus­tra­tor Koff­sky com­bined acrylic paint on can­vas with over­laid cut-paper designs, result­ing in a painter­ly style enriched by crisp lines. The col­ors are rich­land the art­work beau­ti­ful­ly evokes the themes of the book.

A brief note on the last page includes read­ers by active­ly encour­ag­ing them to notice the many col­ors, espe­cial­ly in nature, that sur­round us every day.

This book is rec­om­mend­ed as an excel­lent read-aloud with time to be spent exam­in­ing the beau­ti­ful art work; it will be espe­cial­ly wel­comed in Jew­ish preschool classes.

Susan Kan­tor was a senior writer/​editor for Girl Scouts of the USA, a chil­dren’s book edi­tor, and a past judge for the Nation­al Jew­ish Book Awards in the illus­trat­ed children’s book cat­e­go­ry. She is a writer and a docent at the Rubin Muse­um in New York City, where she leads pub­lic and pri­vate tours.

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