Angels Sweep the Desert Floor: Bible Legends About Moses in the Wilderness

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Rabbis in ancient times believed that the answers to all questions could be found somewhere in the Bible. “Turn it and turn it, for everything is in it,” they said. Each answer the rabbis found became a type of story, a midrash. Miriam Chaikin examines familiar midrashim, or stories from the Old Testament. This collection of eighteen moving and lyrical tales follows Moses and the Israelites as they wander the desert, sate their hunger with manna bread, receive the Ten Commandments, and, ultimately, reach the Holy...

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Overview

Rabbis in ancient times believed that the answers to all questions could be found somewhere in the Bible. “Turn it and turn it, for everything is in it,” they said. Each answer the rabbis found became a type of story, a midrash. Miriam Chaikin examines familiar midrashim, or stories from the Old Testament. This collection of eighteen moving and lyrical tales follows Moses and the Israelites as they wander the desert, sate their hunger with manna bread, receive the Ten Commandments, and, ultimately, reach the Holy Land. Glowing paintings capture the majesty of heaven and the grace of angels who watch over the Israelites during their difficult journey. Biblical notes, bibliography.

A collection of eighteen stories based on the Bible which tell how angels respond to God's commands to ease the way for Moses and the Israelites as they cross the wilderness after being freed from slavery in Egypt.

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"Chaiken makes clear her mission to link the heavenly world with the earthly world. . . . poetic text . . . playful . . . fresh linguistic raiment. . . ." Horn Book
Children's Literature
If you had to wander in the desert, wouldn't it be comforting to believe that special angels sweep the desert's sandy floor each night, leaving it pristinely beautiful as you awake? And that baker angels spend their nights preparing manna, the miraculous food that tastes like whatever you crave at the moment, for you to gather effortlessly in the morning? And that the well of water, Miriam's Well, would always travel with you to nourish and sustain you as she did her younger brother Moses, the leader of the Children of Israel? Chaikin has woven legend with her own extensive imagination and knowledge into the most beautiful of books. Her introduction explaining the background of beliefs in angels and of Midrash, the weaving of tales to fill in the blanks and questions raised but unexplained in the Bible, should be read aloud as the first story to even the youngest children. Each subsequent short chapter stands on its own, magical and comforting, as it explores the relationships between Moses, Aaron, Miriam, the Israelites, the angels and God. Koshkin, who works from Russia, creates light-drenched paintings of force, quietude, drama, and peace. Make the angels part of your family by sharing these wonderful stories with your children. 2002, Clarion,
— Judy Chernak
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-The stories in this collection take place during the Israelites' 40 years of wandering in the wilderness. They are set on earth and in heaven and feature Moses, Aaron, and Miriam interacting with a colorful array of angels. The writing is simple and lyrical, with imaginative flourishes linking the two worlds. And while the overall tone is serious, there are humorous touches, such as the angels called "Sour Faces." As she did in Clouds of Glory (Clarion, 1998), Chaikin draws from biblical and rabbinic literature as well as from her own imagination to create these stories, and lists her sources in a notes section. The full-page watercolor, tempera, and gouache illustrations have a fanciful formality that complements the narrative. Capable of exciting the creative, as well as the spiritual imagination, these wonderful stories make great read-alouds.-Linda R. Silver, Jewish Education Center of Cleveland, OH Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395978252
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/22/2002
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Miriam Chaikin is the prize-winning author of more than 30 books for young readers. She lives in New York City and spends part of each year in Israel.

Alexander Koshkin has illustrated several books for Clarion. He lives in Moscow, Russia.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1. The Sacred Rod 7
2. The World Above, the World Below 12
3. Gifts in the Wilderness 16
4. The Miriam Well 23
5. By the Mouth of the Cloud 28
6. Angel Raziel 33
7. Moses Silences the Angels 36
8. Something Entirely New 40
9. The Mountains Argue 44
10. Satan Tries to Interfere 47
11. But Do You See God? 52
12. The Blue Flame 55
13. The Shekina Calms Hearts 59
14. Miriam and the Well Are Gone 66
15. Eighty Thousand Youths Named Aaron 72
16. Moses Pleads for Himself 74
17. Moses Does Not Want to Die 78
18. Ya 82
Notes 87
Source Books Consulted and Drawn Upon 101
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