Let There Be Light: The Story of Creation Retold by Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Hardcover | December 19, 2013

byDesmond Tutu

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Nobel Peace Prize winner, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, captured the imaginations of children across the world with his storybook Bible. Here he retells the Creation story, accompanied by striking illustrations from Nancy Tillman.

"In the very beginning, God's love bubbled over when there was nothing else-no trees, no birds, no animals, no sky, no sea-only darkness."

Let There Be Lightcombines the love and warmth of Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu with the extraordinary talents of bestselling author and illustrator Nancy Tillman. This retelling of the biblical story of creation vividly portrays the wonder and beauty of God's creation on each of the seven days. Using Archbishop Tutu's lyrical text from the Children of God Storybook Bible and Tillman's remarkable illustrations,Let There Be Lightbrings the story of creation to life for readers young and old.

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Nobel Peace Prize winner, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, captured the imaginations of children across the world with his storybook Bible. Here he retells the Creation story, accompanied by striking illustrations from Nancy Tillman."In the very beginning, God's love bubbled over when there was nothing else-no trees, no birds, no animals, no s...

ARCHBISHOP DESMOND TUTU was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his lifelong struggle to bring equality, justice, and peace to his native country of South Africa. In 1986, he was elected Archbishop of Cape Town, the highest position in the Anglican Church in Southern Africa. Today Archbishop Tutu chairs the Elders, an independent...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:32 pages, 9.5 × 11.38 × 0.38 inPublished:December 19, 2013Publisher:Harpercollins (uk)Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0007552580

ISBN - 13:9780007552580

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from One to Treasure Pair whimsical illustrations with the creation story, and what do you get? A children's storybook you will treasure for a long time.  A large, hardcover book makes Let There Be Light kid-friendly, with artwork that will make them stop and wonder. The book begins with a dedication page, which I appreciated (you can put a date for when you present it to your little one). Next, there is an introduction from Archbishop Desmond Tutu and illustrator Nancy Tillman. Then the story begins. It is a retelling of the age-old creation story, beautifully and poetically written. One thing I especially liked about this book was its emphasis on love (meaningful for even adults!).  These simple, deeply meaningful words (written in a way children will understand) paired with the stunning artistry will capture children's attention and imagination. Kids of all ages will adore the magical, colourful illustrations and want to look through the book over and over again. It's a keeper. Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2014-03-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Let there be Light Let There Be Light is a beautiful hardcover children's book based on the creation of the world (Genesis Chapter 1) and is perfectly worded for little ones to understand. I love how God is seen enjoying his creation and how it all happened because "His love bubbled over when there was nothing else...". I thought it stayed pretty close to the actual Biblical text. There are two things that I noticed that I didn't find were as close to the text as I would of liked it. The first one being that it's only stated once that "It was day and it was night" and that "God saw that it was good"  and those things are very important, if they were not, God would not have repeated them so many times in the span of one chapter. I wish it would of been said more than once. The second thing was at the end, it pictures all different ethnicity being created on day 6. Not Adam and Eve. I don't know how to say this in order not to seem prejudicial or racist or not politically correct. Because who knows what color skin Adam and Eve were, but ONLY Adam and Eve were created, not each race. I know it's a children's book and it's written in a way for them to understand, but they can just as easily understand Man and Women being created versus all People coming into being. Other than those two things, it is a beautifully illustrated book, full of color and life. And the text is nice and had a good flow to it, almost poetic, but for kids :) It was really easy for my two year old to understand and short enough to keep his attention, but long enough for me to be able to question him about what he thought God would create next, or where the moon was and what color was the sun and so on. It is a great book and especially one that tells of the greatest story ever told :)
Date published: 2014-01-19