Picks and Pans Review: Does God Have a Big Toe? Stories About Stories in the Bible

updated 04/16/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/16/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Marc Gellman
Illustrated by Oscar de Mejo

Rabbi Gellman's delightful treatment—"The best way to understand a story in the Bible is to make up another story about it"—is difficult to explain. But it's a surefire hit with children. His Genesis-inspired tale begins with "God, a few angels, and a huge swirling glob of rocks and water with no place to go" and ends with a lesson about taking responsibility and about being "partners" with God in the care of the world. Gellman's love of language is so contagious that Kate was laughing out loud. "Oh goody! Read it! Keep on going!" she cheered. Oscar de Mejo's elegant, whimsical illustrations complement the text perfectly in this charming package. (Harper & Row, $14.95)

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