The Moses Basket  -     By: Jennie Koralek
    Illustrated By: Pauline Baynes
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The Moses Basket

Illustrated By: Pauline Baynes
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2003 / Hardcover

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Long, long ago in the land of Egypt, a Hebrew mother and her daughter, Miriam, hide a newborn baby boy in a basket that they float down the Nile River to save the child's life. Rescued from the river by the Egyptian princess, Pharoah's daughter, the boy is named Moses. When he grows up, he leads the Israelite people out of slavery. Beautifully retold and sumptuously illustrated, this picture book presentation of a favorite Bible story will delight young readers.Recommended for ages 4 to 8.

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Format: Hardcover
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2003
ISBN: 0802852513
ISBN-13: 9780802852519
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Ages: 3-6

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Long, long ago in the land of Egypt, a Hebrew mother and her daughter, Miriam, hide a newborn baby boy in a basket that they float down the Nile River to save the child's life. Rescued from the river by the Egyptian princess, Pharaoh's daughter, the boy is named Moses. When he grows up, he leads the Israelite people out of slavery. Beautifully written and sumptuously illustrated, this picture book presentation of a favorite Bible story will delight young readers.

School Library Journal

Gr 3-5-When Moses's mother learns of the Pharaoh's command that all male Hebrew babies be thrown in the river, she makes a papyrus cradle in which to lay her infant son. She and her daughter Miriam place him on the water, and Miriam assures her that when the princess walks by, she will save the child. Staying true to the Old Testament tale, Koralek keeps a reverential tone and tells the story using accessible though not oversimplified language. The beautifully rendered artwork is well placed and successfully evokes a strong sense of place and time.-Leslie Barban, Richland County Public Library, Columbia, SC Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Publisher's Weekly

Invitingly told in words and pictures, the story of Moses among the bullrushes receives a streamlined, child-friendly adaptation. While passages from Exodus precede the narrative, Koralek (Night Ride to Nanna's) immediately homes in on the drama, so that it is up to presiding adults to supply a biblical or cultural context. The author briefly describes the Hebrew slaves in Egypt and the fearful Pharaoh's decree that their baby boys be cast into the river, and then she introduces the mother determined to save her son by weaving him a boatlike basket. Her telling takes a universal approach, highlighting the heroism of the baby's sister, Miriam, in her role as the baby's protector, and the kindness of the Pharoah's daughter, whose sympathy for an abandoned Hebrew baby saves the infant who will become Moses. Baynes, best known for her illustrations for the original Narnia books, delivers masterly paintings that specifically evoke ancient Egyptian art in their perspectives but that retain a contemporary sense of color and motion. Presented in a range of sizes and laid out in various ways, the illustrations fluidly and spontaneously advance the story. Ages 3-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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  1. Christine M. Irvin
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    January 19, 2009
    Christine M. Irvin
    The Moses Basket, relates the story of how baby Moses was saved by the Egyptian Pharaohs daughter. The Pharaoh declared that all Hebrew babies be put to death. To save Moses life, his mother, with the help of her daughter Mariam, hide him in a basket and float him down the river. They time it so the Pharaohs daughter will find the basket when she comes to the river to bathe. When she sees baby Moses sleeping in the basket, she realizes he is the child of a Hebrew slave, but she doesnt take the baby to her father so he can be slain. Instead, as the story goes, she ends up paying Moses mother to feed him and care for him for a few years before he goes to live in the Pharaohs palace!The story references the Scriptures, citing passages from the book of Exodus at the beginning of the book.The illustrations are what you would expect for a story set in Egypt during Biblical times. They are what I would call classical illustrations for a story of this nature, done in muted tones with the well-known Egyptian persona and motifs throughout.What I Like: The story is told with a lot of conversation between the characters. It brings the story to life; I like that.What I Dislike: Nothing.Overall Rating: Very good.Age Appeal: The publisher suggests an age level of baby-preschool. I dont think this book is suitable for babies. Preschoolers would probably enjoy it, as would children in the elementary grades, so I would say the age range is from 3-8.
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