A lesson in hope and faith—and learning that there are some things in life beyond our control—for every child who has worried about what comes next.
Adam and Eve's very first day in the Garden of Eden was perfect—safe and unshadowed by worry, doubt, or fear. God's first two people saw morning lift the sun high in the bright sky, and they rested in the contented warmth of the peaceful afternoon.
Before long, Adam and Eve realized that the sun was slipping away. First it began to sink beneath the clouds, to fall behind the mountains, and then the sky became dark, the air cold.
This engaging new story from award-winning author Sandy Eisenberg Sasso explores fear and hope, faith and gratitude in ways that will delight kids and adults—inspiring us to bless each of God's new days and nights.
The sun is going down on the first day in Eden, and Adam and Eve can't believe their eyes. Creatively and fruitfully expanding on a midrash, Sasso imagines Adam and Eve's surprise and, later, their fear and helplessness as they watch the sun sink irretrievably (or so they think) past the horizon and plunge the earth into darkness. They pray to God to bring back the sun, build fires that don't last, pray again and, when there's "no answer," they fall asleep, "waiting for the world to end." It's easy to identify with Sasso's Adam and Eve, whose childlike reactions allow readers to experience the Creation story in a new and personal way. Rothenberg, previously paired with Sasso for Cain and Abel: Finding the Fruits of Peace, adheres to her folk-art style. She sets the action within brightly patterned framed panels on colorful textured paper; this elaborate set-up, however, distances the audience from the goings-on. The artist's apparent wish to keep Adam and Eve discreetly covered also limits readers' direct exposure to them they are dwarfed by the scale, partially obstructed, etc. While the illustrations are attractive, they don't match the text in its attainment of a very high goal: making a classic Bible tale freshly affecting. Ages 6-up.