Creation Colors

Apples & Honey Pr. Apr. 2019. 24p. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781681155456.
PreS-Gr 1–According to this creation story about colors, on day two, “bubbling blues” emerged when God created the sky and the seas. On day three, green was created along with the grasses and trees. Other colors burst into the world, corresponding to the items and creatures God made on the other days. This is a delightful and appealing concept, beautifully carried out by Koffsky, who saves the best for last: on day six, God creates the animals and humans. From this auspicious beginning of the family of humankind arose colors “in every shade and hue.” A dazzling array of colors, symbolizing the rainbow that comprises the Earth’s peoples, brightens a spread near the conclusion, which has God declaring satisfaction with the work and resting on Shabbat, the seventh day. As if the vibrant colors splashed across these pages weren’t enough, the book benefits from splendid cut-paper collages that shimmer with movement and energy and perfectly capture various animals’ “textures and patterns,” among other things.
VERDICT Highly recommended for public, secular, and Jewish as well as other faiths’ religious-school collections. This will also work well as a springboard for discussions about and activities exploring color

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