I 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 creation 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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