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Children's LiteratureWell, let me tell you, these are Bible Tales such as you have never read before. Kind of different cadence of language, if you know what I mean. Totally modern. Cool even. But totally accurate, do not fret about that. Lots of reference to today's times, like (in the desert before the manna came), "And what about some protein? Where's the beef?" followed by, "it tasted like whatever the eater wanted it to taste like. You might say that manna was the original tofu." Well, you get what I mean. Tongue-in-cheek, clichés that click, not at all boring. They are even refreshing, quite a bit of fun. And then there are the recipes, for every variety of food but featuring lots of Middle Eastern fare (what else? It's set in the Middle East, right?) like Eggplant Omelet, Jacob's Lentil Stew, Homemade Hummus (from "Sarah: The First Hostess With the Mostest"), Caraway Seed Cabbage Salad (from "Ruth Reaps Her Rewards), and lots more. For the faint-hearted, or more traditional, there are also recipes for Hot Milk with Cinnamon, "Grape" Fruit Salad ("No Sour Grapes for Noah") and Good Morning Matzah Brie. Includes a metric conversion table and simply wonderful, upbeat, bright, appealing pictures. This book is sure to be a winner among the school age children to which it is targeted and also their adult or teen kitchen helpers. 2003, Kar-Ben, Ages 7 to 11.
— Judy Chernak