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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.
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 Availability: Usually ships in 24-48 hours.
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.
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.