To Everything There is a Season  -     By: Jude Daly
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To Everything There is a Season

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2006 / Hardcover

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The well-loved words of Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 take on new life and meaning in the sun-baked rural setting of a South African homestead. Sowing, planting, and reaping through the wet and dry seasons, going to market, day-to-day dealings with neighbors and acquaintances, love and hostility, the sadness of mourning and the joy of celebration with family and friends--Jude Daly portrays an ageless world, studded with color and miniature detail, in this very special book. Recommended for all ages.

Product Information

Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 32
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 8.5 X 10.75 (inches)
ISBN: 0802852866
ISBN-13: 9780802852861
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The beloved words of Ecclesiastes take on new life and meaning in the sun-baked rural setting of a South African homestead in this portrait of an ageless world, studded with color and miniature detail.

School Library Journal

Gr 2-5-This inspirational passage is presented through a series of simply drawn, softly colored illustrations. Rather than represent the duality of humanity's existence with an overview of world cultures, as Leo and Diane Dillon did in their interpretation (Scholastic, 1998), Daly concentrates on one particular culture, depicting rural life in South Africa. Beginning with an overarching view of the four seasons, each pair of succeeding lines is illustrated with vignettes of the farmers on their farms. Readers see them plant and harvest their crops, raise their children, and experience life's simple pleasures and sorrows. Women and children are shown in most of the scenes, and the land, sea, and sky dominate each picture; the miniature stature of the people calls to mind their relative insignificance against the awesome forces of nature. The carefully detailed images convey the importance of unity and family. The layout of opposing lines of verse on separate pages or in different frames works well. The entire verse, taken from the King James Version of the Bible, is printed at the end. A subtle interpretation of a well-known piece of scripture.-Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Publisher's Weekly

With sunny watercolors created in a delicate, almost-miniature scale, Daly interprets the familiar words of Ecclesiastes. A small farm by the sea provides an evocative setting for the life cycles of the natural world and of a family. As the simple text reads "A time to be born," a pregnant woman rests outside the farmhouse while the patriarch works on his fishing net and their daughter plays with a doll. Above the words "and a time to die," readers see only the boots of an old-woman neighbor (observed previously tending her cow), outside of her darkened, shuttered hut. As time passes and seasons change, so does the family change and grow with its surroundings. All the while, readers are whisked away to what is presumably the artist's native South Africa via the soothing and enormously appealing illustrations. A final page spotlights the full Biblical passage Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. All ages. (Feb.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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  1. Christine M. Irvin
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    February 4, 2009
    Christine M. Irvin
    To Everything There Is a Season, illustrated by Jude Daly, uses the words of Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 as its text. The text is broken down into sentences, and partial sentences, throughout the book. Each section of text has its own illustration. Some pages contain a single illustration; some are divided into two separate ones. The words, A time to love, are illustrated with a drawing of a family standing together in a doorway, with their arms around each other, the family dog beside them. A picture of a youngster losing hold of his kite string is used for a time to weep. The full text of the Bible passage is given at the end of the book.What I Like: I like the illustrations. Each picture is simply drawn and colored, yet filled with action and/or emotion. What I Dislike: Nothing.Overall Rating: Very good.Age Appeal: Reading level for ages 4-8.Christian Children's Book Review
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