Queen Esther, the Morning Star

Queen Esther, the Morning Star

by Mordicai Gerstein
     
 
Out of all the young women of Persia, Esther shines like a star. King Ahasuerus decides that she will be his new queen. Esther's cousin Mordecai warns her never to reveal that she is a Jew. "There are those at court who hate our people," he tells her.

One day the king's prime minister, a schemer named Haman, orders Mordecai to bow down before him. Mordecai refuses,

Overview

Out of all the young women of Persia, Esther shines like a star. King Ahasuerus decides that she will be his new queen. Esther's cousin Mordecai warns her never to reveal that she is a Jew. "There are those at court who hate our people," he tells her.

One day the king's prime minister, a schemer named Haman, orders Mordecai to bow down before him. Mordecai refuses, saying he will bow only to God. Furious, Haman convinces the king that all of the Jews in the kingdom should be destroyed.

Mordecai realizes that Queen Esther will have to tell the king the truth and try to change his mind about the Jews. Will Esther and Mordecai be brave and clever enough to triumph over the evil Haman?

With lively storytelling and intricate illustrations that recall ancient Persia, Mordicai Gerstein breathes new life into this dramatic tale about remaining true to oneself and to God. It Is sure to be enjoyed on Purim and all year round.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Judy Chernak
Gerstein, a namesake of his grandfather as well as the original Mordecai, seems to have a special feeling for the Purim story, for this retelling is one of the best, and the illustrations are sheer delight. There's no question about who are the villains, who are the heroes and heroines, who are the foolish, who are the victorious, and who are the vanquished. Done in guache, the pictures are brightly painted in fine Persian style with a myriad of delicious details to discover on every beautifully bordered page. The author also treats us to Mordecai's dark, deep dream of dragons battling through thunder and lightning until defeated by the rising of the morning star, which is one of the meanings of the name Esther. Children will love his treatment of the plot to kill Ahasuerus, which Mordecai overheard in time to issue a warning and thus be written into the King's Book of Records. All in all, a rousing good story and a fine addition to any library.
Midwest Book Review
Mordecai Gerstein's Queen Esther The Morning Star will reach ages 5-10 with its involving story of Esther, who must hide the fact that she's Jewish in order to marry the king. When the king decides all the Jews in the kingdom will have to be destroyed, it's up to Queen Esther to reveal her secret and save them.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689813726
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
02/01/2000
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.82(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD470L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Northhampton, Massachusetts
Date of Birth:
November 25, 1935
Place of Birth:
Los Angeles, California
Education:
Chouinard Institute of Art
Website:
http://www.mordicaigerstein.com

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