““The Creation”: by James Weldon Johnson; published by Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data; New York; copyright 1994
1. Awards this book has won: This book has been awarded the Coretta Scott King book Award.
2. Appropriate grade level(s): This book is appropriate for children in fourth through fifth grade.
3. Summary: “The Creation”, is a poem like story about how God created the world. In the story, a man is sitting with a group of children outside reciting a poem to them about how the world came to be. He shares how God used his power and strength to build a land for both humans and creatures of all kinds. The man shares how God first began with the creation of the sun and the moon, then the stars, deserts, waterfalls, and last animals and people.
Review: Personally I enjoyed this book a lot, I thought the lyrical story was beautifly written and illustrated. But, because the story line revolves around how God created everything in the world I think it may not be appropriate for use in a classroom. Because the story credits God to the creation of the world, it may cause children confusion in terms of their religion, along with parent frustration. If I received an approval from parents I would although love to share this book with my class, because it’s important to think about not even in a religious perspective, but what this world is made up of, and all the natural beauties it comes with.
4. Uses in the classroom:
- Have children share their favorite creation that appeared in the book then illustrate it.
- Have children created a poem about nature or animals then share with the class.