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The Creation (25th Anniversary Edition)
by James Ransome

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    List Price: $18.99
    Format: Hardcover, 40 pages
    Classification: Fiction
    Target Age Group: Early Reader
    ISBN13: 9780823440252
    Imprint: Holiday House
    Publisher: Holiday House
    Parent Company: Holiday House, Inc.
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    Book Description:
    An award-winning retelling of the Biblical creation story from a star of the Harlem Renaissance and an acclaimed illustrator

    James Weldon Johnson, author of the civil rights anthem "Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing," wrote this beautiful Bible-learning story in 1922, at the height of the Harlem Renaissance. Set in the Deep South, The Creation alternates breathtaking scenes from Genesis with images of a country preacher under a tree retelling the story for children. The exquisite detail of James E. Ransome’s sun-dappled paintings and the sophisticated rhythm of the free verse pay tribute to Black American oral traditions of country sermonizing and storytelling: As far as the eye of God could see/ Darkness covered everything/ Blacker than a hundred midnights/ Down in a cypress swamp… .

    This beautiful new edition of the classic Coretta Scott King Award winner features a fresh, modern design, a reimagined cover, and an introduction of the remarkable life of James Weldon Johnson. Beneath the dust jacket, the case features a detail of Ransome’s beautiful night sky, spangled with stars.

    A Junior Library Guild selection!

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