Jonah and the Two Great Fish

Jonah and the Two Great Fish

by Mordicai Gerstein
     
 
Jonah is a reluctant prophet. When God chooses him to warn the people of Nivevah that He will destroy their city unless they change their wicked ways, Jonah tries to run away. But he can't escape from God, even underwater, in the belly of a great fish--or in a second, even greater fish! 32 pp.

Overview

Jonah is a reluctant prophet. When God chooses him to warn the people of Nivevah that He will destroy their city unless they change their wicked ways, Jonah tries to run away. But he can't escape from God, even underwater, in the belly of a great fish--or in a second, even greater fish! 32 pp.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Judy Chernak
Did you know that Jonah had not one but two experiences in the belly of a fish? Ancient legend embellishes the well-known tale by pointing out that God, in great mercy, at first provided the prophet with a rather comfortable environment within a great fish. When that didn't achieve the desired result of Jonah's bending to his fate and going to Nineveh to foretell its destruction, God was forced to send an even bigger and more dismal fish to finish the job. Richly deep-toned oils on vellum paintings lend majesty to one of the world's favorite stories.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3A delightful version of Jonah's journey to Ninevah combines some charming legends from Jewish tradition with the basic Bible story. The text is simple and straightforward for early readers, and makes a lively and colorful read-aloud. Jonah is first swallowed by a fish in which he lives in luxury for three days, before being swallowed again by a larger, less comfortable, variety, from which he is glad to be expelled on the shore near Ninevah. What sets the book apart from the many fine versions of the Jonah story are the enthralling oil paintings that sparkle with humor, imagination, and absorbing details. Done in a richly hued folk-art style that is sophisticated in its depiction of character and its balance and rhythm, the pictures are brimming with life and warmth. When God speaks to Jonah, his amorphous, bearded head, with a moon, star, sun, or bird to mark his eye, looms in the sky above, or his powerful, directing hand is outlined in the clouds. In a varied format, some illustrations are framed neatly, and some flow freely across double-page spreads. The typeface is clear and well spaced. Even if Peter Spier's The Book of Jonah (Doubleday, 1985; o.p.), Geoffrey Patterson's Jonah and the Whale (Lothrop, 1992), Beverly Brodsky's Jonah (Lippincott, 1977; o.p.), and Warwick Hutton's Jonah and the Great Fish (MacMillan, 1984; o.p.) are already in your collections, make room for Gerstein's Jonah as well.Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689813733
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
09/28/1997
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.32(w) x 10.79(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

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