The Book of Jonah

The Book of Jonah

by Peter Spier
     
 

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Two-time Caldecott illustrator Peter Spier’s visual retelling of a favorite Bible story is back in print! In a tale full of action, adventure, and strife, Jonah is asked by God to tell the people of Nineveh to mend their wicked ways. Fleeing from this enormous task, Jonah sets sail and is thrown overboard and swallowed by a great fish. What follows is

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Two-time Caldecott illustrator Peter Spier’s visual retelling of a favorite Bible story is back in print! In a tale full of action, adventure, and strife, Jonah is asked by God to tell the people of Nineveh to mend their wicked ways. Fleeing from this enormous task, Jonah sets sail and is thrown overboard and swallowed by a great fish. What follows is Jonah’s journey to acceptance of God’s love and grace.
 
A reference section at the end of the book shares historical and geographical notes about the story, including details about the ship Jonah might have sailed on and a fascinating discussion of the ancient city of Nineveh and the location of its ruins in present-day Iraq.

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School Library Journal
01/01/2015
K-Gr 3—Last available in hardcover over 15 years ago, this beautifully retold Bible story is again available. Like his Caldecott-Medal winning Noah's Ark, Spier's The Book of Jonah features detailed line drawings with eye-catching watercolors. Jonah is a man on the run, afraid to fulfil the task God has set before him. With panels reminiscent of graphic novel-style storytelling, Jonah's tale unfolds with the requite drama and tension. Helpful information about the Assyrian Empire in the eighth century BC and a labeled drawing of the Ship of Tarshish are included in the back matter. A fantastic addition for Bible story collections.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Scholarship and artistic imagination inform the second work based on the Bible by the Caldecott Medalist. Like Spier's version of Noah's Ark, his story of disobedient Jonah retains the drama of the original, and the full-color pictures are wonderful, enhanced by details that mark them distinctively Spier's. Older boys and girls and adults will find the author's afterword additionally absorbing. He cites studies that place the story of Jonah between 400 b.c. and 200 b.c. by a writer aiming to prove that sincere repentance wins God's forgiveness. There is a history of Nineveh illustrated by maps showing ancient and modern areas, the latter pinpointing the city's ruins today. This is where God commanded Jonah to go and urge the citizens to reform, a duty he tried to escape by taking a ship to Tarshish, only to sink into the belly of the whale before getting a second chance to obey. (All ages)
With great skill and charming, fullcolor illustrations, Peter Spier brings to life all of Jonah's biblically recorded travels and tribulations for young readers. The Book Of Jonah begins with his flight to Turshish, the raging storm at sea, three days and nights in the belly of a great fish, the journey to Ninevah, Jonah's's anger with the Lord, and the lesson of the vine. The Book Of Jonah is a wonderful retelling of a favorite Bible story that will be read with deep enjoyment and inspiration by young readers and is a recommended addition to any family, bible school, Sunday school, or community library picturebook collection.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385379090
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
01/27/2015
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
627,482
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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