The Creation

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Holiday House, 1994 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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An beautifully illustrated rendition of a 1927 poem by a famous member of the Harlem Renaissance tells of God's creation of the world up to the making of man, capturing the rhythms and cadences of African-American folktales and country sermons.

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User Review  - KMClark - LibraryThing

An older African American man tells the story of the Creation of the world. Using language from the Bible in a poetic form, he explains to young children the days of creation. After each day, there is ... Read full review

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User Review  - MaryEttaJ - LibraryThing

This was a great book as soon as I started reading I felt like I was reading the book of Genesis out of the bible. This would be a great book to explain to the younger generation for them to learn how the world was started. Read full review

About the author (1994)

Born in Jacksonville Fla. in 1871, James Weldon Johnson was one of the leaders of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s. His career was varied and included periods as a teacher, lawyer, songwriter (with his brother J. Rosamond Johnson), and diplomat (as United States Consul to Puerto Cabello, Venezuela, from 1906 to 1909). Among his most famous writings are Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man, published anonymously in 1912, and God's Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse (1927), the winner of the Harmon Gold Award. He was also editor of several anthologies of African-American poetry and spirituals, and in 1933 his autobiography, Along This Way, was published. He served as Secretary to the NAACP from 1916 to 1930 and was a professor of literature at Fisk University in Nashville from 1930 until his death in 1938.

James Ransome's work has appeared in nearly fifty books for children, including the Coretta Scott King Award Book The Creation by James Weldon Johnson and Satchel Paige and Major Taylor: Champion Cyclist, both written by his wife, Lesa Cline-Ransome. His traveling exhibit "Visual Stories" is featured in libraries and museums throughout the country. He lives in Rhinebeck, New York, with his family.

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