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King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba
     

King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba

by Blu Greenberg, Avi Katz (Illustrator), Linda Tarry (Joint Author)
 
The story of King Solomon And The Queen Of Sheba tells how Queen Makeda set out to learn whether King Solomon truly possessed the wisdom of the ages. She devises a series of clever riddles that will putsolomon to the test. But as the king answers her riddles, Makeda realizes that she has discovered more than wisdom; she has found a whole new way of looking at the

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The story of King Solomon And The Queen Of Sheba tells how Queen Makeda set out to learn whether King Solomon truly possessed the wisdom of the ages. She devises a series of clever riddles that will putsolomon to the test. But as the king answers her riddles, Makeda realizes that she has discovered more than wisdom; she has found a whole new way of looking at the world...and at God. Publisher's comments : This Biblical story of the Queen of Sheba has fascinated generations of peoples worldwide. It has undergone extensive Jewish Ethiopian, Persian, Arabian, and other literary and artistic elaboration, for Centuries. The Ethioipians have claimed her as their Queen, named her Makeda, and woven her saga of an ancient Jewish encounter into natonal religious and political legend. Author bio(s) : Blu Greenberg is one of the leading Jewish personalities in the United States. She has written books for both young people and adults including On Women And Judaism and How To Run A Traditional Jewish Household. Linda Tarry inaugurated the Black Dolls for South Africa project and devotes herself to encouraging multiethnic, interfaith relations between the Black and Jewish communities. This is her first book.

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 2-5This version of the story has exciting original materialfresh new tales and riddles, an equal relationship, and a naturally multicultural, as well as slightly feminist, bias. Beginning like a fairy tale, it introduces the precocious African princess Makeda of Sheba, a child whose wisdom, fame as a riddler, and kindness prompts her elderly father to name her, rather than either of her brothers, his heir. And she becomes Queen. (This is the first time that the Queen of Sheba has been given a history, a family, and aggada [legends] of her own, or that she has been shown to be of the African race.) Meanwhile, "In a land far away" lives a wise Jewish King, named Solomon, who had also manifested great wisdom as a child. Inevitably, traders bring news of the other to their rulers. Queen Makeda accepts King Solomon's invitation to visit. The two quietly earn each other's respect and love while also discussing the other's country and religious beliefs. They marry; she conceives his child and returns to Sheba. When their son reaches the age of 13, he returns to his father. There the story ends, but the legend continues in an afterword that explains the prevailing desire of today's Ethiopian Jews to return to Jerusalem. While the writing is graceful and dignified, the art accomplished and charming with valid ethnic representation, and the book design elegant, the real importance of this title is its more accurate portrayal of the Queen of Sheba.Marcia W. Posner, Holocaust Memorial and Educational Center of Nassau County, Glen Cove, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780943706900
Publisher:
Simcha Media Group
Publication date:
10/28/1997
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
8.64(w) x 11.27(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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