JPS Illustrated Children's Bible

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Thanks to these generous donors for making the publication of this book possible: Stanley and Marcia Katz; Members of the Levine and Frankel families.

Acclaimed storyteller and Jewish scholar Ellen Frankel has masterfully tailored fifty-three Bible stories that will both delight and educate today’s young readers. Using the 1985 JPS translation (NJPS) of the Hebrew Bible as her foundation, Frankel retains much of the Bible’s original wording and simple narrative style as she ...

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Overview

Thanks to these generous donors for making the publication of this book possible: Stanley and Marcia Katz; Members of the Levine and Frankel families.

Acclaimed storyteller and Jewish scholar Ellen Frankel has masterfully tailored fifty-three Bible stories that will both delight and educate today’s young readers. Using the 1985 JPS translation (NJPS) of the Hebrew Bible as her foundation, Frankel retains much of the Bible’s original wording and simple narrative style as she incorporates her own exceptional storytelling technique, free of personal interpretation or commentary. Included in the volume is an; “Author’s Notebook”; in which Frankel shares with rabbis, parents, and educators the challenges she faced in translating and adapting these stories for children, such as how she deals with adult language in the original Bible text and themes inappropriate for most young readers. With enticing, full-page color illustrations of each Bible story, award-winning artist Avi Katz ignites readers’ imaginations. His brush captures the vivid personalities and many dramatic moments in this extraordinary collection.

Avi Katz and JPS are grateful to TaL AM for granting permission to reprint three illustrations from the TaL AM Tora Breshit Notebook series.

Ages 5 and up.

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Editorial Reviews

Hadassah Magazine
“Ellen Frankel’s retelling of biblical stories is clearly a labor of love. . . . [She] has created a work that dazzles as it teaches.”—Hadassah Magazine
Rabbi Joseph Telushkin
“An enchanting, beautiful book . . . [that is] sure to draw in young people while providing them with an accurate and dynamic understanding of the Bible. And Avi Katz’s illustrations just entice and pull in the reader again and again.”—Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, author of A Code of Jewish Ethics, Jewish Literacy, and many other books
Peninnah Schram
“[The JPS Illustrated Children’s Bible] will seed many children’s memories and nourish their senses of wonder, curiosity, and history . . . This volume is a treasure for the generations!”—Peninnah Schram, professor of speech and drama at Yeshiva University’s Stern College and Azrieli Graduate School, storyteller, recording artist, and author
Howard Schwartz
“Ellen Frankel has succeeded in restoring the story to the most famous book of stories . . . Here, at last, the voice of storyteller rises up from the page and draws us into the mystery and beauty of the core stories of Jewish tradition . . . luminous illustrations by Avi Katz . . . bring these stories to life.”—Howard Schwartz, author of Leaves from the Garden of Eden: One Hundred Classic Jewish Tales and Tree of Souls: The Mythology of Judaism, 2005 winner of the National Jewish Book Award
Joseph Telushkin
“An enchanting, beautiful book . . . [that is] sure to draw in young people while providing them with an accurate and dynamic understanding of the Bible. And Avi Katz’s illustrations just entice and pull in the reader again and again.”—Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, author of A Code of Jewish Ethics, Jewish Literacy, and many other books
Children's Literature - Carlee Hallman
This book of fifty-three Old Testament stories closely follows the New JPS translation. From Adam and Eve, to Jacob's dream, full stories of Joseph and Moses, along with Elijah, Jonah, Ruth, and Esther are told. Stories which may be less known to young people are: Balaam and his talking donkey, Deborah and Yael, and King Saul and the Witch of Endor. The soft illustrations use desert colors and continue in borders on the pages of text. Facial expressions convey emotions related to the story. The author, who is editor-in-chief of The Jewish Publication Society, gives many examples of her choice of words, phrases, editing of adult material for young people, and use of gender. A list of the books of the Hebrew Bible and an index appear at the end. This classy book offers Jewish young people their authentic foundation stories in interesting, readable, and understandable form. Reviewer: Carlee Hallman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780827608917
  • Publisher: Jewish Publication Society
  • Publication date: 7/17/2009
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 428,905
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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  • Posted May 6, 2012

    Highly reccomended

    Wonderful book for the whole family. Well written and beautifully illustrated.

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