Coat of Many Colors  -     By: Jenny Koralek
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Coat of Many Colors

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2004 / Hardcover

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A long time ago in Israel, ten brothers grew jealous of their father's favorite son, Joseph, and of his wonderful coat of many colors. They decided to teach Joseph a lesson he wouldn't forget... This exciting retelling, with images by one of the twentieth century's most distinguished illustrators, makes a perfect first Bible story for very young readers.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 32
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2004
ISBN: 0802852777
ISBN-13: 9780802852779
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Ages: 4-8

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This exciting retelling, with images by one of the 20th century's most distinguished illustrators, makes a perfect first Bible story for very young readers. Full color.

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 3-Beginning with a lovely description of the famed coat, this condensed, well-written retelling of the story from the Book of Genesis highlights the key events in the life of Joseph, favored son of Jacob, and explores timeless themes of sibling rivalry and the power of forgiveness. Koralek details how the envious sons of Jacob conspired against their sibling and sold him into slavery, but then grew to rue their treachery. The author omits Joseph's early experiences in Egypt, picking up the narrative with the Pharaoh asking Joseph to interpret his disturbing dreams, which predict an impending famine. The Egyptian leader, in his gratitude for Joseph's saving his people from starvation, raises him to a place of power, and the young man is quickly reunited with his remorseful brothers, who have come from their famine-stricken country to buy corn. Baynes enhances the straightforward text with atmospheric illustrations rendered in muted desert shades. The pictures feature the exotic flora and fauna of the ancient biblical world, as well as decorative geometric borders that draw readers' eyes from one page to the next. This appealing rendition of a well-known tale is perfect for reading aloud.-Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Publisher's Weekly

The duo behind The Moses Basket returns with this accessible interpretation of the story of Joseph. And happily for readers, Baynes's (The Chronicles of Narnia) elegant paintings, evoking Egyptian stoneware tableaux, give the titular garment its dazzling due. Favored son Joseph invokes the ire of his siblings when he receives a special coat from their father and boasts of his dream visions. But despite being beaten and sold into slavery by his own bitter brothers, Joseph's special talent eventually saves not only himself and his family, but all of Egypt, as well. Koralek truncates the tale ("Joseph was now a slave in Egypt. But not for long" covers the two years Joseph serves as slave before deciphering the pharoah's dream and being freed), but the author keeps the story child-friendly, emphasizing the strong note of Joseph's forgiveness and contrasting it with the very human, wicked behavior of his brethren. Young readers will easily identify with the feelings of rivalry and will enjoy being transported, via Baynes's artwork, to the ancient desert and to the pharaoh's brilliantly adorned palace. Ages 3-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    January 28, 2009
    Christine M. Irvin
    The Coat of Many Colors is one of many books about the Bible character, Joseph. This book retells the well-known story of Joseph and his coat of many colors, taken from the book of Genesis. The author highlights the key events in Josephs life: his father giving him a special coat; his brothers jealousies and their betrayal of him; his capture and enslavement; his interpretations of Pharaohs dreams; his rise to power in Egypt; and his eventual reunion with his brothers.The text contains both narrative and dialogue, bringing the characters to life on the page.The illustrations, done mostly in shades of browns and yellows, like those found in a desert, are appropriate for a story set long ago in Egypt. They evoke a feeling of ancient Egyptian art. Borders, like those found on ancient poetry, have been added to each page.What I Like: Everything.What I Dislike: Nothing.Overall Rating: Excellent.Christian Children's Book Review
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