Thursday, October 7, 2010

image Big Momma Makes the WorldI will be the first to say that Big Momma Makes the World by Phyllis Root might be a little too “controversial” for conservative believers in the literal interpretation of Old Testament. It’s a very fascinating take on Genesis story, and it follows the Bible version even though the order of events is somewhat modified (in this book heavenly bodies are created before dry land). As you can tell from the cover, the person creating the world is “Big Momma” who also has a baby to mind while she is busy making the world. Illustrations by one of my favorite illustrators Helen Oxenbury are amazing, and the story itself is playful and moving at the same time. Both Anna and I loved the book, and we read it every night this week. Interestingly, I pointed out to her that this story pretty much covers creation of the world by God as described in the Bible, and she replied to me, But she is not God, mama. God is a He. She is a Mommy!

As a story stretcher, we did a standard cOct2_Creationreation craft. I’ve seen variations of it on many blogs. We discussed the events of the book as we glued dark and light into “water”, then Anna drew stars, moon, sun, earth (not very visible) and a single plant. She informed me that this plant is growing popsicles and has a swing on it. That reminded her that we haven’t made popsicles for a while and she declared her world fully done and started lobbying for popsicle making.

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8 comments:

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

That's funny, my kids declared the need for popsicle making this week, too.

RedTedArt said...

I think the demand for popsicle making shows that you are doing something right!!!

Maggy
Kids Get Crafty
www.redtedart.com

Ticia said...

Did she get her wish?

It does look like a cute book. I might read it to my kids when they're older.

Discovering Montessori said...

Very interesting book. I like how Anna makes her connections! Thank you for sharing.

Christy said...

That book sounds interesting.

We haven't made popsicles in quite a while either.

Brimful Curiosities said...

Helen Oxenbury is an amazingly talented illustrator. I like your creation craft. A popsicle plant would be fun to own but probably a little messy unless it grows in the freezer.

MaryAnne said...

I love Helen Oxenbury's illustrations, too! And Anna's lobbying efforts are hilarious. Did you make popsicles?

Charlene said...

Hmm, now I'm hungry for popsicles! Sounds like a great book!

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