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At Break of Day [Hardcover]

By Nikki Grimes (Author), Paul Morin (Author) & Paul Morin (Illustrator)
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A retelling of the Biblical creation story with Jesus helping God with the creation of all the world, the animals and of Adam and Eve, and finally resting on the seventh day

Publishers Description
In At Break of Day, God the Father and God the Son are artists who delight in their creation.

From Publishers Weekly
Grimes (Jazmin's Notebook) bases this striking interpretation of the Genesis creation stories on Hebrews 1:1-2: "In these last days [God] has spoken to us by a Son... through whom he also created the worlds." Her approach is simultaneously intimate and archetypal: "Once upon a time there was no time.... There was only darkness and the waters of the deep and a father and son who watched over them." The son is at the heart of the tale, performing the acts of creation; the approving father names each of the son's works. Grimes captures the essence of a father/son relationship, with its mutual love and admiration, while also conveying the unique status of this particular father/son dynamic. Her lyrical gifts are everywhere in abundance, set out with a deceptive simplicity that evokes an oral tradition; fittingly, Morin's (The Orphan Boy) mixed-media illustrations also evoke the art of oral cultures. His animals, fish and flowers look as if they are made of fabric, embroidered or woven, painted on clay; the vivid colors look dyed; the patterns and designs conjure up images of indigenous art from around the world. This story speaks to the heart of Christian theology, stirringly depicting God's passionate love for creation, a love that would consent to become sacrificial--these complex lessons are implied, and the graceful delivery of sophisticated themes and imagery will entice readers to delve for such deeper meanings. All ages. (Nov.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Awards and Recognitions
At Break of Day by Nikki Grimes & Paul Morin has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Christian Retailing's Best - 2001 Nominee - Children's category

Citations And Professional Reviews
At Break of Day by Nikki Grimes & Paul Morin has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Booklist - 10/01/1999 page 374
  • Kirkus Review - Children - 11/15/1999 page 1809
  • Publishers Weekly - 11/29/1999 page 69
  • School Library Journal - 01/01/2000 page 121
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/1999 page 101
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2000 page 101

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.74" Width: 9.38" Height: 0.35"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 1999
Publisher   Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Grade Level  Pre School  
Age  3-6
ISBN  0802851045  
ISBN13  9780802851048  

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Nikki Grimes is a New York Times bestselling author. Her previous works include At Jerusalem's Gate, When Daddy Prays (both Eerdmans), and Bronx Masquerade (Dial), which won the Coretta Scott King Award. Most recently, she won the 2017 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for her lasting contributions to children's literature. Nikki lives in California. Visit her website at

Bryan Collier grew up in Maryland and began painting when he was fifteen. His first children's book, Uptown (Henry Holt), earned him the first-ever Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award. He has also received four Caldecott Honors and has won the Coretta Scott King Award six times. He lives in New York with his wife and daughters. Visit his website at

Nikki Grimes currently resides in Los Angeles, in the state of California.

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Father and Son in the Creation Story  Feb 1, 2002
This is an awe-inspiring retelling of the first story of the Bible - the creation story. The poetic text emphasizes the loving collaborative effort of Father and Son (God and Jesus) in bringing the universe into existence.

This is the only creation storybook that we have found that addresses the "us" in "Let US make man in OUR image." (Genesis 1:26), by acknowledging the presence of the Son at the time of creation.

The illustrations are beautifully artistic, thus taking children into the story. Our Christian Sunday school curriculum company for the Workshop Rotation Model likes this story so much that we have integrated it into one of our lessons.


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