Recently I had the opportunity to review the board book Let Their Be Light by Nobel Peace Prize Winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu, illustrated by the talented Nancy Tillman.
This book is "simple" in that it is a retelling of the biblical portrayal of creation. While this might not be a new concept, the book itself is stunning in looks. It is a high quality book board with gorgeous illustrations. The poetic language of this children's book is a good introduction into quality literature. It could be considered a living book for toddlers and preschoolers.
There are some creative liberties taken within the book. Some of the quotes, and the illustrations on Day 6 portray a group of diverse children, rather than the Biblical account of Adam and Eve. While I appreciate the intentions to portray the diverse human race and simplify a magnificent event for children to understand, it is a deviation from the Biblical story it is trying to convey.
However, parents can share their beliefs, the Bible, and for older kids it opens up the opportunity for real dialogue about the creative liberty and interpretations that authors and illustrators often interject into their work.
Overall, the book is soothing and tranquil, and does display the love and perfection that God put into creation. It could be a fitting gift for young children, a religious based daycare or preschool, or for the nursery or preschool classrooms of a church.