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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.
Format: Hardcover Number of Pages: 32 Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. Publication Date: 2004
ISBN: 0802852777 ISBN-13: 9780802852779 Availability: Usually ships in 24-48 hours. Ages: 4-8
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.
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.