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|Title: Women of the Bible, Margaret McAllister, Hardcover|
By: Margaret McAllister
Vendor: Paraclete Press
Publication Date: 2013
|Dimensions: 10.51 X 8.71 X 0.45 (inches)|
Weight: 1 pound 1 ounce
Stock No: WW613720
Margaret McAllister grew up in the northeast of England and has enjoyed success with leading publishers as a writer of historical and fantasy fiction. The first of her Mistmantle Chronicles, Urchin of the Riding Stars, was shortlisted for the Ottakers Childrens Book prize.
About the Illustrator
Alida Massaris beautiful illustrations have won her many awards. She was born in Rome, where she grew up surrounded by art, and studied Illustration at the European In
Even if you have a fondness for the classic Disney movies, there is something about the aggressive pink-and-purple princess marketing machine that is off-putting, to say the least. And yes, I know that there are modern Disney heroines who have real moxie and spunk. But its also fair to say that young girls deserve a more diverse range of female role models than the ones youll find dancing through most animated movies.
Thats why Women of the Bible by Margaret McAllister (illustrated by Alida Massari) is such a gem. Its a picture book for older readers (7-11 says the press release, though younger kids could enjoy it with their parents), and its a great way to get ten fascinating historical women into your childs imaginative life.
One thing I love about this book is the range of women represented. There are the expected figures, like Rachel and Ruth and Mary, but the book also features Mother Noah and the wife of Pilate and Lydia from Acts of the Apostles. The book moves chronologically through the women, telling each ladys story in a short, first-person narrative. These stories are detailed and imaginative, fleshing out the ones in the Bible. Marys story, for example, is told through a description of five special objects she keeps in a box: a feather dropped by a dove right after the Annunciation, a stone she picked up on the journey to Bethlehem, a fleece offered by the shepherds, among others. This creativity makes even the most well-known of the stories feel fresh and engaging. (They are moving in places, too; the chapter told by Miriam, the sister of Moses, made me tear up a bit.)
And the illustrations? Well, they are truly gorgeous. They have a vaguely folk art feel about them, which suits the subject matter, but they are also wonderfully detailed and pretty to look at. Each woman has character and beauty and dignity. If your daughter is used to princess stories, these pictures will capture her imagination while providing a good break from pink ballgowns and tiaras.
In fact, while the subject matter makes me think of girls (and I can think of one niece of mine who will be receiving this as a gift!), this is a book that boys can learn a lot from, too. I intend to share it with my older son as I think its always good for boys to read stories about strong women. Even I, a forty-year-old woman, thoroughly enjoyed this book and loved having a chance to ponder the lives of these women more deeply. Its an all-round winner, and a very welcome addition to the family bookshelf.Ginny Kubitz Moyer, Random Acts of Momnesshttp://randomactsofmomness.com/tired-of-princess-stories-try-women-of-the-bible/
The Rev. Cheryl V. Minor, Ph.D.
Co-Rector, All Saints' Church, Belmont, MA
Director of the Center for the Theology of Childhood
The Godly Play Foundation