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For ages 4 and up


In Our Image

God's First Creatures

Nancy Sohn Swartz
Full color illustrations by Melanie Hall

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—Selected as Outstanding by Parent Council ® !

—Top Pick, Youth Religion Books, American Library Association's Booklist !


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Nondenominational, Nonsectarian
Endorsed by Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish Religious Leaders
“In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth...But something was missing...”
Before creating humans, God said, “Let us make humans in Our image, after Our likeness.” In this playful new twist to the Genesis story, God asks all of nature to offer gifts to humankind—with the promise that the humans would care for creation in return.
Then, woman and man were formed from the dust of the earth, in the image of God and in the image of all of nature. And it was very good, indeed.
Whether you’re large like the whale, small like the ant, lazy like the lizard, or busy like the bee, this spirited story with its lively illustrations celebrates the interconnectedness of nature and the harmony of all living things.
“A charming retelling of the creation story with an inspiring twist.... A lovely story, well told and lavishly illustrated.”
At Home with Our Faith
“The story sparkles.... A book that belongs in all parish catechetical libraries, not to mention all homes where young children live.”
Catechist’s Connection
“This book shines like the stars and beams like the sun. It is very, very good.”
Mitch Finley, author of The Joy of Being Catholic and
Prayer for People Who Think Too Much
“A message all children should hear, presented in words and pictures that children will find irresistible.”
Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People
“What a pleasure to see the sweet community of all creation manifest in humankind—and one in God.”
Walter Wangerin Jr., author of The Book of the Dun Cow, The Book of God, 
and other books
“In this beautiful book all of nature offers its gifts to the first man and woman, and Nancy Sohn Swartz gives a gentle, loving gift to all of us.”
Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, author of In God’s Name;
God’s Paintbrush;
and other books
Melanie Hallhas illustrated more than twelve children’s books. She lives in the Catskill Mountains of New York State and teaches children’s book illustration at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.


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