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When the Creator of the universe came to Earth, It resolved to be born a male human infant, and this is what It saw when It opened Its eyes


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  1. Alex Baugh Alex Baugh says:

    While I m a big fan of Kurt Vonnegut s novels, you could have knocked me over with a feather when I discovered he had written a children s book, and one about the Nativity, no less And it is exactly what you would expect from Vonnegut He tells the story of that first Christmas by looking at what the Creator of the universe, who was all knowing in heaven, sees and mis interprets the night of Its birth as It transitions from God to human He never uses the name Jesus, always referring to Him as While I m a big fan of Kurt Vonnegut s novels, you could have knocked me over with a feather when I discovered he had written a children s book, and one about the Nativity, no less And it is exactly what you would expect from Vonnegut He tells the story of that first Christmas by looking at what the Creator of the universe, who was all knowing in heaven, sees and mis interprets the night of Its birth as It transitions from God to human He never uses the name Jesus, always referring to Him as the Creator, which makes sense if you read the Epigraph Vonnegut included from the Book of Matthew in the Bible Matthew 1 23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us And while this version of the incarnation sounds like a rather highbrow, overly intellectualized rendering of the Nativity story, it is actually very child friendly, told without overly simplifying or condescending to the reader Sun Moon Star is an oversized book, its pages made of heavy colored paper with cutouts that have both clarity and simplicity to the story being told According to Seven Stories Press, the illustrations were done before the story was written, and Vonnegut wrote Sun Moon Star around the them


  2. Abigail Abigail says:

    Celebrated adult novelist Kurt Vonnegut turns to the story of the Nativity in this single children s story in his body of work, chronicling the experiences of the Creator of the Universe on the first day of its existence as a human being Although Vonnegut never uses the names Jesus or Christ, he does use the names Joseph and Mary, and sets his story in the traditional stable, making it absolutely clear which narrative he is seeking to tell.An extended meditation on the changing perceptions of t Celebrated adult novelist Kurt Vonnegut turns to the story of the Nativity in this single children s story in his body of work, chronicling the experiences of the Creator of the Universe on the first day of its existence as a human being Although Vonnegut never uses the names Jesus or Christ, he does use the names Joseph and Mary, and sets his story in the traditional stable, making it absolutely clear which narrative he is seeking to tell.An extended meditation on the changing perceptions of the Creator, now that it is in human form, and must rely on the limited eyes of a newborn baby, Sun Moon Star was originally published in 1980, was out of print for many years, and then was reprinted in this new edition by Seven Stories Press in 2016 I am amused to see that some online reviews have criticized Ivan Chermayeff s illustrations, finding them ill suited to Vonnegut s story, as the story was originally written by Vonnegut as a response to the artwork, which came first Obviously, Vonnegut thought that this was just the story to pair with these visuals Leaving that aside, I found the story itself quite thought provoking, and really enjoyed this non traditional take on the idea of a divine being coming into the world as a mortal one Recommended to Kurt Vonnegut fans, and to anyone looking for a different take on the Nativity story


  3. mwpm mwpm says:

    With Sun, Moon, Star, Vonnegut sets out to tell his interpretation, not of the birth of Jesus Christ, but of what Christ might have seen in the first moments of his life Christ, however, is not referred to as Christ but as the Creator of the Universe or the Creator for short Vonnegut further insists upon his commitment to a progressive interpretation of a Biblical story by referring to the Creator not as Him but as It But avoiding the specifics of Christ and his gender seem to be With Sun, Moon, Star, Vonnegut sets out to tell his interpretation, not of the birth of Jesus Christ, but of what Christ might have seen in the first moments of his life Christ, however, is not referred to as Christ but as the Creator of the Universe or the Creator for short Vonnegut further insists upon his commitment to a progressive interpretation of a Biblical story by referring to the Creator not as Him but as It But avoiding the specifics of Christ and his gender seem to be undermined by Vonnegut s repeated reference to Christmas In fact, it seemed entirely out of place that Vonnegut should avoid Christ but repeat Christmas , as if their were some external pressure from the publisher or someone else involved What the Creator might have seen is reduced to suns, moons, and stars The reason for this being that the Creator is a newborn with undeveloped eyes Further, the Creator is accustomed to all seeing eyes, and is therefore further jarred by the sudden decline in the scope of Its vision.When the Creator of the Universecame to Earth,when It resolved to be bornas a male human infantin a stableattached to a busy inn,It had never need for eyes before.It had known all things and been all things.The Creator had only to exist.That was enough.But now, as a human infant,It was also going to see and to do so imperfectly,through two human eyes,each a rubbery camera pg 8 This premise gives way to rather simplistic illustrations The reader can t help but wonder why Vonnegut needed an illustrator The illustrations are about as simple as those found in his novels Although, if Vonnegut had illustrated Sun, Moon, Star, he might have run the risk of having his star mistaken for the asshole ofBreakfast of ChampionsThe midwifewas now giving the Creatorinto the arms of Its motherMary.Mary,in her radianceafter all the pain was gone,was the seeming risingsun pg 20 Now the sounds of oceanic alarmand grief filled the infant s ears.It was the bleating of sheepbrought down from the hills by shepherdswho were followingwhat the Creator could not seefrom Its manger,which was the real Christmas star.Mary was awakened.She came now and looked down on the Creatorwith the midwife,a seeming sun in partial eclipseto the Creator,who could not move a hand or foot,bound as It was,a tiny package,in swaddling clothes pg 42 This books is my fiftieth birthday present to myself I feel as though I am crossing the spine of a roof having ascended one slope.I am programmed at fifty to perform childishly to insult The Star Spangled Banner, to scrawl pictures of a Nazi flag and an asshole and a lot of other things with a felt tipped pen To give an idea of the maturity of my illustrations for this book, here is my picture of an asshole Breakfast of Champions, pg 4 5


  4. Laura Cushing Laura Cushing says:

    I had no idea Kurt Vonnegut, my all time favorite author, wrote a children s book until I spotted it onOf course, I had to get it immediately, and thanks to my Kindle Unlimited I was reading it like thirty seconds later This is a lovely little telling of the birth of Jesus, using the fact that newborns can t see clearly after birth to awesome effect.Evennifty is when you read the backstory and learn that the illustrator did the pictures first, simple pictures of colors moons suns I had no idea Kurt Vonnegut, my all time favorite author, wrote a children s book until I spotted it onOf course, I had to get it immediately, and thanks to my Kindle Unlimited I was reading it like thirty seconds later This is a lovely little telling of the birth of Jesus, using the fact that newborns can t see clearly after birth to awesome effect.Evennifty is when you read the backstory and learn that the illustrator did the pictures first, simple pictures of colors moons suns and stars, and then Vonnegut filled in the story around the pictures.I read a few reviews where people complain that Jesus is referred to as it , but the way this is done is that the Creator of the universe takes human form The It is used to show that the Creator is neither either male or female and something different than human in true form I really enjoyed it Had I a small child, I would use this to introduce them to my favorite author in a My First Vonnegut kinda way


  5. Preston Stell Preston Stell says:

    When I realized this was a children s book I was a little surprised The format was inventive Chermayeff draws the wonderful illustrations then Vonnegut puts them into a tale with words I was delighted to find it is an Advent tale in poetic form The words were a delight, hearing the birth story of the Creator in a new way Vonnegut s descriptive It for the Creator Jesus was refreshing as well, a tale that gets the gender of God right without presumption of knowing too much I truly loved ev When I realized this was a children s book I was a little surprised The format was inventive Chermayeff draws the wonderful illustrations then Vonnegut puts them into a tale with words I was delighted to find it is an Advent tale in poetic form The words were a delight, hearing the birth story of the Creator in a new way Vonnegut s descriptive It for the Creator Jesus was refreshing as well, a tale that gets the gender of God right without presumption of knowing too much I truly loved everything about this tale and it s pictures


  6. Marissa Elera Marissa Elera says:

    This is an extremely beautiful and poetic picture book that is in no way, shape, or form even remotely age appropriate for children.


  7. Brittany Brittany says:

    If you just read this without knowing how the book was created, you d think meh, it s alright But the creation context of this creation story is important Chermayeff, a graphic designer, created the illustrations FIRST and then Vonnegut came along and filled in a story to go with them It s described in the front of the book as a song whose music came first Knowing this changes everything I never thought I d describe a Vonnegut book as being good to read to children as a bedtime story ar If you just read this without knowing how the book was created, you d think meh, it s alright But the creation context of this creation story is important Chermayeff, a graphic designer, created the illustrations FIRST and then Vonnegut came along and filled in a story to go with them It s described in the front of the book as a song whose music came first Knowing this changes everything I never thought I d describe a Vonnegut book as being good to read to children as a bedtime story around Christmas, yet here I am saying exactly that about this book


  8. Marcia Marcia says:

    Ugh The story is a miracle the birth of Christ but this picture book rendering is very odd If it wasn t Vonnegut and Chermayeff, I don t think it would have been published The flap explains that the illustrations were completed and then they asked Vonnegut to create a story, and this backward experiment does not work Not sure who the audience for this book would be as it has no kid appeal, doesn t really share the beauty of the Nativity, and offers nothing new to an ancient story.


  9. Mary Mary says:

    A collaboration where the pictures came first, then the words Illustrations are on black or dark blue pages variations of sun, moon, or star Words tell the Nativity story through the eyes of a newborn baby, by what he sees A fresh perspective Makes a person think Purists may disagree Not particularly for young children Might make one s own story to the pictures.


  10. Jeff Larsen Jeff Larsen says:

    A charming, creative retelling of the Christ child s birth Chermayeff created a series of pictures before Vonnegut provided the story As with his novels, Vonnegut s charm and humanity is on full display in this story for all ages.