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Joseph and His Magnificent Coat of Many Colors

Joseph and His Magnificent Coat of Many Colors

by Marcia Williams

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Williams's exhilarating art, an uncommon blend of the primitive and the refined, illuminates the biblical story of favorite son Joseph, whose father gives him a glorious coat--here artfully embellished with rows of rabbits, fish, stars and circles. Sold to travelers by his jealous brothers, Joseph becomes a slave in Egypt, where he impresses the Pharaoh with his ability to interpret dreams. When the young man warns that famine will follow years of plenty, he is appointed governor of Egypt, and eventually forgives his brothers and saves them from starvation. Intricate, variegated borders surround the three or four illustrated horizontal panels that fill most of these festive pages. Williams smoothly distills Joseph's saga, and sprinkles her pictures with contemporary dialogue and asides that make the tale all the more accessible to young readers. Ages 4-up. ( Apr. )
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-- The story of Joseph is essentially a folk novel, and thus well suited to Williams's exuberant folk-art treatment. In strip-cartoon fashion, Joseph's adventurous life unfolds, with unflagging decorative verve. A playful humor touches everything, from the oversized coat to the speech-balloon comments of minor characters (siblings, prisoners, courtiers, et al.). Williams succinctly relates the events, avoiding some tricky bits (Potiphar's wife's seduction attempt, the cup hidden in Benjamin's pack). The pictorial style is naive-Egyptian, with hieroglyphical borders and simplified forms. Abundant color and lively design make an eye-filling impression. --Patricia Dooley, University of Washington, Seattle

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Candlewick Press
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Product dimensions:
7.46(w) x 8.99(h) x 0.12(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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