These tales travel off the beaten path of the actual Bible stories and illuminate the way of life before and following “the Fall.” For children ages 9 to 12, these stories explain much about human nature, love, anger, aspirations, envy, ambition, hope, greed, spirituality in every soul, and the early ways of agriculture, housebuilding. and blacksmithing.
With strong images and delicate imagination, the stories call to a moral development in the young (and in the old!) from these archetypes of familiar Bible stories. “The back story” in all cases fills the picture for children of why we are basically good and sometimes not so very good. For the nine to ten year old in particular this book will do a world of good for the child in describing the rising consciousness in his and her own self. Master storyteller Jakob Streit tells vivid stories from the creation of the world to Noah’s Ark.
This Waldorf classic, back in print after many years, can be a foundation for world literature as these stories provide strong images and moral lessons. And There Was Light can serve Waldorf teachers preparing the third grade curriculum, as readers for fourth grade students, and any reader wishing to explore the Old Testament.
It is a joy to see And There Was Light back in print and available for more teachers and students to enjoy. Jakob Streit’s retelling of the stories of Genisis is shines with a captivating clarity that has made them classroom treasures for over 30 years. In fact, this book has been one of the most-often requested titles throughout the time our book shop has existed (the entire time of which it has been out-of-print).
In addition to the well-known tales from Moses’ first book, Streit also added stories about “Michael and the Dragon,” “Edelweiss and the Mountain Flowers,” “Why Roses Have Thorns,” and many more— all placed in a just the right spot within the flow of Bible stories.
— Nancy Parsons