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About the Author
AMY-JILL LEVINE is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies and Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School and Department of Jewish Studies. She has also taught at Swarthmore College, Cambridge University, and the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. She is the author of many books, including The Misunderstood Jew and Short Stories by Jesus, and she is the co-editor of the Jewish Annotated New Testament.
Annie Bowler is the illustrator of Walking toward Peace by Kathleen Krull and A Very Big Problem by Amy-Jill Levine and Sandy Eisenberg Sasso. Both picture books were named Junior Library Guild Selections. Her work has been recognized by the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, 3x3 Illustration, and the Society of Illustrators. For more information, visit www.anniebowler.com.
"A well-crafted story of cooperation and sharing within the context of the biblical story of Creation."--Kirkus Reviews-- "Kirkus Reviews"
"With the biblical story of creation as their backdrop, each new natural element boasts that it is the best and the most loved, turning the peaceful garden upside down...In keeping with the book's midrash style of storytelling, children are encouraged to imagine, question, and reflect on the world around them, while colorful illustrations (and a note to adults) complete the experience."--Foreword Reviews-- "Foreword Reviews"
"A heartening look at God's intervention when each part of creation vies to be loved most."--Spirituality & Practice
"The artwork is colorful and multicultural depicting a world filled with beauty...Accessible and written in age-appropriate language."--Association of Jewish Libraries
"A wonderfully entertaining and original picture book."--Midwest Book Review