I recently received the board book Let There Be Light by Archbishop Desmond Tutu for review purposes.
The book takes little ones through the seven days of God's creation. The words chosen are warm, gentle and full of wonder at God's love and the wonderful things He made. The illustrations by artist Nancy Tillman are beautiful. I especially love the way the art almost seems to sparkle, and the crowns the children wear in the book seem to glow. The book reassures little ones that God loves them and made a beautiful world for them to enjoy and take care of. The final page simply says, "You are loved." My 5 year old enjoyed this book as much as my toddler twins. Of course, the kindergartener gets more out of the creation story. The littles just like to roar at the lion and pretend to be elephants at this point, but they still enjoy it.
The only thing that bothered me about this book - and I hesitate to even say it because I like the book so much - is that the image representing God or God's power is a bright, glowing, sun-like orb that reminds me a great deal of the "eye of Sauron" from the LOTR movies. I really hope the illustrator didn't intend to create such a similarity. I won't let that stop me from recommending the book though. It is sweet, magical, and reminds the smallest children of God's love.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the BookLook Bloggers program in exchange for my honest review.