The Story of Esther

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Told for many thousands of years, Esther's story is still thrilling as well as inspiring.

The Purim story is full of drama. It brings together a mighty king, a jealous scoundrel, and a wise uncle. However, at its center is a clever heroine who was so beautiful she was known as the Morning Star. It is only because of Queen Esther's cunning and courage that evil was brought to justice and many lives were saved.
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Overview

Told for many thousands of years, Esther's story is still thrilling as well as inspiring.

The Purim story is full of drama. It brings together a mighty king, a jealous scoundrel, and a wise uncle. However, at its center is a clever heroine who was so beautiful she was known as the Morning Star. It is only because of Queen Esther's cunning and courage that evil was brought to justice and many lives were saved.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Having adeptly tackled the Rosh Hashanah story of the rabbi of Nemirov in Even Higher! (2009), Kimmel and Weber turn their considerable talents to the Book of Esther and its corresponding Jewish holiday. They hew closely to the original, with the curious exception of making Esther a "natural beauty" who eschews the cosmetics and bling of the harem—a choice that drains the heroine of any fashionista appeal and seems at odds with the beloved Purim tradition of dressing up in gaudy costume. That aside, this is a sturdy retelling with no shortage of action and a few dashes of humor. As always, Kimmel is an effortless storyteller, his learnedness leavened with an expert sense of pacing for young audiences—even the book's longer passages feel like they're exactly the right length. In vibrant mixed-media paintings, Weber proves once again that she's an excellent match for this unflashy master. Her pictures combine a compositional sophistication with a presentational, almost naïf sense of drama that evokes murals and pageants. Ages 4–8. (Feb.)
School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—The Megillah, or Scroll of Esther, is the biblical account of events in ancient Persia that birthed the Jewish holiday of Purim. Kimmel retells this violent, convoluted story without much simplification. The original is complex and often varies in the retelling; in this case, Kimmel has modified some events and added new psychological interpretations to others. Formal language gives the book a dignified tone, and themes of death and revenge make it more appropriate for older readers. The atmosphere is lightened somewhat by jewel-toned, playfully naive paintings. Beautiful patterns in the architecture and decor of the palace add royal flavor. The darkness and complexity of the tale may limit its appeal to Jewish readers seeking Purim stories and others studying the Bible.—Heidi Estrin, Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823422234
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/3/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 699,860
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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