King Solomon and His Magic Ring

King Solomon and His Magic Ring

by Elie Wiesel, Mark Podwal
     
 

So begins Elie Wiesel's harmonious retelling of twenty mysterious and wonderfully compelling stories about King Solomon--rarely heard tales that span the revered ruler's life, from the time he took the throne at age twelve, to the building of the Temple in Jerusalem, to the disintegration of the kingdom upon his death. Rich, rewarding, gracefully told, this keepsake…  See more details below

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So begins Elie Wiesel's harmonious retelling of twenty mysterious and wonderfully compelling stories about King Solomon--rarely heard tales that span the revered ruler's life, from the time he took the throne at age twelve, to the building of the Temple in Jerusalem, to the disintegration of the kingdom upon his death. Rich, rewarding, gracefully told, this keepsake book is illustrated by Mark Podwal, whose fluid and symbolic paintings grace every spread.

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Washington Post
As we read it we feel as though we are sitting in the presence of a master storyteller who has opened up is hand to show that it is full of pearls...This is augmented by the dreamy artwork of Mark Podwal, making for a book that is as beautiful as it is uplifting.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In a loosely spun collection of legends about King Solomon, Nobel laureate Wiesel adopts a friendly, conversational style--almost as if he were spending a Shabbat afternoon regaling children with snippets of tales from the Talmud and Midrash. The angel Michael brings Solomon the ring of the title: "With it you will conquer all the demons of this world, and with their labor, you shall build the Temple of Jerusalem." Anecdotes tell how the king travels on a flying carpet; trades quips with ants and birds; unwisely takes the Pharaoh's daughter as one of his 1000 wives; gets tricked by Ashmedai, the king of the demons; etc. The narrative is fluid, with one episode easily giving way to the next. However, some readers--particularly presiding adults unfamiliar with the roles of the Talmud and Midrash--may wish the author had provided more of a context for his storytelling than is offered in the minimal source notes at the end. Podwal, previously paired with Wiesel for A Passover Haggadah, adheres to his customary style, eschewing clearly narrative visuals in favor of a series of almost mythic images. If Wiesel's text evokes the atmosphere of his Carpathian boyhood, Podwal's palette hints of the South of France, and his carefully modulated abstractions are as striking in their embrace of the 20th century as is the text's pleasure in tradition. Ages 5-up. (Aug.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Rebecca Joseph
This simple, elegant book relates some of the stories of wisdom and folly in the life of the legendary King Solomon. From the building of the great Temple in Jerusalem to God's gift of a special magic ring, Solomon received more than he ever expected from God. When he lets the power of the ring outweigh the wisdom of ruling intelligently, he suffers greatly. The beautiful words of Elie Wiesel are accompanied by the lovely paintings of Mark Podwal.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4 Vividly retold legends of King Solomon have been interwoven with Biblical accounts of his reign to present an exciting picture of his life. The text is filled with magic: a ring from God, a flying carpet, the language of animals, and power over demons. The Temple in Jerusalem is built and Solomon's wisdom is renowned, until the demon king, Ashmedai, steals his throne with a clever trick. Although Solomon eventually regains his kingdom, his life is never the same. Podwal's distinctive, imaginative illustrations done in gouache, acrylics, and colored pencil have a deceptively simple at times almost surreal quality, eye-catching in their rich colors, basic forms, variety of perspectives, and intriguingly menacing demons. Source notes are appended. Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688169596
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/28/1999
Pages:
56
Product dimensions:
7.81(w) x 9.31(h) x 0.43(d)
Lexile:
AD750L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Elie Wiesel is the author of more than forty books of fiction and nonfiction. He is Andrew Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University. In 1986 Elie Wiesel received the Nobel Peace Prize.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
September 30, 1928
Place of Birth:
Sighet, Romania
Education:
La Sorbonne

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