Creation Colors

Written and Illustrated by Ann D. Koffsky
Ages 3-7, 24pp, 10 7/8 X 8 3/8
978-1-68115-545-6, $17.95

In the beginning, there was nothing. No colors at all.
Day by day by day, God poured and planted and created the colors of the world.
God said, "This is very good."
​And it was.

This lyrical story pairs each day of Creation with a color. On the first day, God separated the crisp, strong blacks from the wintry, pale whites. On day two, God poured bubbling blues across the skies and into the watery oceans and seas…. The story continues until the sixth day, which celebrates the diversity of animals and people, and ends with the seventh day when God rested.

A note to readers invites children to spot the colors around them, and to notice details in the world with fresh eyes and with wonder.


“A delightful retelling of the Creation story that invites a new perspective of wonder in children of all ages.
—Dr. Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg, author of Moses: A Human Life

“Ann Koffsky’s take on the Creation story is unique yet true to the original biblical story, and her vibrant artwork brings it to life in a way that is both joyful and richly expressive.”
—Julie Wohl, author of Make, Create, Celebrate: Jewish Holidays through Art

"This is an absolutely beautiful book which celebrates the wonders of God's creation through exquisite papercut illustrations. It's rare that a children's book with this level of craftsmanship comes along today, and Koffsky has truly created a work to treasure, a modern classic you'll want to keep in good shape for the grandchildren. Each spread is richer and more extravagant than the last, showcasing an interplay of colours, shapes, and textures through the luminous illustrations. Eminently readable and read-out-loudable, this is one book Jewish and Christian parents and teachers will love sharing over and over again to join with kids in appreciating all the marvels of creation."
— Jennifer MacLeod, author of Fast Asleep in a Little Village in Israel

"Creation Colors is a wondrous adventure with an original approach to the story of Creation through colors. I immediately delved into each page and experienced the colors of the luminous illustrations and the brief text that captures the kernel of each day's creation. I loved this book also because Ann Koffsky's paper-cut illustrations allow the reader/viewer to actively dialogue with them and the story. This is the kind of imaginative book that should be open on an adult's lap turning the pages together with a child as they discover inspiring questions and more stories together. What a treasure!"
— Peninnah Schram

"In her delightful picture book, “Creation Colors,” writer and illustrator Ann D. Koffsky reimagines the story of creation from an artist’s perspective. ...Koffsky’s illustrations are eye-catching. On day three, lush greenery gladdens the heart; on day four, the sky is alight with a gorgeous palette of orange, yellow, and gold; and day five is vibrant with luscious purples, pinks, and reds as birds soar skyward and fish swim below. The lively artwork, with its inspired use of geometric shapes, will delight kindergarteners and first graders alike. ...The author concludes with heartwarming scenes of men, women, and children standing shoulder-to-shoulder, enjoying and appreciating this glorious planet. With its simple yet eloquent text and Koffsky’s inspired use of design, Creation Colors is an entertaining introduction to the biblical account of how our wonderful world came to be."
— Heritage Florida Jewish News

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