Review: Let There Be Light

Desmond Tutu, Let There Be Light (Grand Rapids: Zonderkidz, 2014), 30 pages.

There will be some exciting changes at the Scheid household this year! In case you missed it over on Facebook:

In anticipation, I thought I’d offer a few reviews of children’s books over the next several months. Let’s kick it off, appropriately as it might be, with this little treasure about the creation of the world. Let There Be Light is a beautifully illustrated storybook for children and young readers. Desmond Tutu paraphrases Genesis 1 using playful language inviting young children (and their parent readers) to wonder about the beginning of time when God created all things. The pastor-theologian in me could critique a few things with Archbishop Tutu’s choice of vocabulary and turn of phrases. (For instance, among others: his choice to reverse the biblical order offering instead, “And there was day. And there was night.”) But, it’s a children’s book, so let’s guard against reading too deeply into some of the phraseology. I received the board book edition, which would be especially great for the infant and toddler in your life. A hardcover edition was released a year ago, appropriate for slightly older children (i.e. the young readers); I might prefer to have that edition over the board book, because I think that medium probably better showcases the lovely illustrations from Nancy Tillman. The artwork far outshines the text, but overall this is a good book that would be welcome addition to any child’s library. (4 of 5 stars)

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Book Look Bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review; the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

About Joshua

Joshua is the lead pastor of Massapequa Reformed Church (RCA) on Long Island, New York. He and his wife Kathryn have one young daughter. He loves coffee and board games, ice cream and sports—he's an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers, UConn Huskies, Boston Red Sox and Milwaukee Brewers.
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