How did Abraham become known as the father of Judaism, Christianity and Islam?Jules offers a picture-book-style theory, as she imagines the religious figure as a child questioning conventions of the day and embracing the bold idea of "One God." Young readers will find much to connect with in Abraham's curiosity about the world as voiced in the accessible text: "Who made the clouds? Who made the flowers?... 'There must be something greater than the idols,' Abraham decided." He deduces that the "one great power" that controls the movement of the sun and moon, and creates rainbows and thunder, "rules the entire universe and sets everything in motion." Ugliano's stylized, playful pastels have a creamy, textured appearance, emphasizing the rich earth tones-blue, green, yellow-of the natural world that Abraham observes. Ages 5-9. (Sept.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Jules retells a midrash (a legend based on biblical text) in which the youthful Abraham discovers the concept of monotheism. Rejecting worship of unresponsive idols, Abraham spends time outdoors where he senses an unseen hand directing the movements of the moon, sun, storm, and rainbow. He concludes that "God is everywhere. God is in everything. God is something we know with our hearts." The story ends with the statement that "Today we remember Abraham as the father of three great religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam." As is often the case with biblical picture books, the storytelling is slightly formal. However, the energetic pastel illustrations are cheerful and warm, and their swirling motion eases any stiffness in the text. This simply told tale is an excellent introduction to the concept of monotheism, and would be a great discussion starter for talking about God. Its neutral stance makes it useful for readers of many faiths.
Heidi EstrinCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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B"H. My 3 yr old grandson and I checked this book out of the library so many times (his request) that I finally decided to make it a permanent part of our home library. True to the stories of the Hebrew Sages; a simple but logical case for a wise and loving Creator. Enjoy.