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Does God Have a Big Toe?: Stories About Stories in the Bible
     

Does God Have a Big Toe?: Stories About Stories in the Bible

by Marc Gellman, Oscar De Mejo (Illustrator), Oscar De Mejo (Illustrator)
 

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Before there was anything, there was God, and a few angels, and a huge swirling glob of rocks and water with no place to go. The angels asked God, "Why don't you clean up this mess?"

This collection of short, funny stories is one man's interpretation of how God did just that -- with some very unlikely help.

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Overview

Before there was anything, there was God, and a few angels, and a huge swirling glob of rocks and water with no place to go. The angels asked God, "Why don't you clean up this mess?"

This collection of short, funny stories is one man's interpretation of how God did just that -- with some very unlikely help.

There was Adam, who decided to number the animals instead of giving them names -- until he lost count. There was Max, a matchmaking angel disguised as a camel. And who could forget the kindly dolphins of the Red Sea or the builders of the spectacularly chaotic Tower of Babel, whose foundation rests in one small girl's question: "Mommy, does God have a big toe?"

Reflecting Mr. Gellman's lifelong love for his subject, this witty collection of midrashim provides a wonderful way to learn about and to share the stories of the Bible. Distinguished artist Oscar de Mejo brings the right blend of reverence and humor with his magnificent oil paintings.

Notable Books of 1989 (NYT)
Best Illustrated Children's Books of 1989 (NYT)
Children's Books of 1989 (Library of Congress)

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Man is sometimes overserious when trying to explain the workings of the world. Never has there been a more playful telling of Old Testament stories than that of Rabbi Geliman. He pictures Noah, hammering away at the ark, all the time recommending to his friends that they move to higher places or take the swimming lessons they've been putting off. He poetically describes the partnership between God and Adam. Gellman interjects humor, humanness, wit, and wondering into stories told for centuries without ever losing a sense of respect and honor. 1993 (orig.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780064404532
Publisher:
HarperCollins Children's Books
Publication date:
10/28/1993
Pages:
88
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.26(d)
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

Read an Excerpt

Chapter One

Adam's Animals

God made and named almost everything in the world. God made and named Heaven. God made and named Earth. God made and named the sun and the moon, the stars and the waters. God made and named almost everything. God even made and named the first man, "Adam," which means "red earth" because God made the first man out of red earth.

But God did not name the animals.

God thought, "I want Adam and Adam's children to protect and care for these animals. Maybe if I let Adam name the animals, he will get to know them better and really take care of them."

Well, when Adam heard that he could name the animals, he was so happy. He ran right over to a brown furry with teeth who was sleeping under a tree and yelled in its ear, "I AM GOING TO NAME YOU!"

The brown furry with teeth opened one eye, yawned, and went back to sleep.

Very soon, Adam realized he didn't know what to name the brown furry with teeth, or, for that matter, any of the other animals. Adam sat down on the sleeping brown furry with teeth to think up a plan for naming the animals. Suddenly it came to him: "I know! I will give each animal a number. That way, when I want to call an animal I can just call its number." Adam looked down at the brown furry with teeth, lifted up its ear, and screamed, "YOU ARE NUMBER ONE!"

The brown furry opened one eye, yawned, and went back to sleep.

Adam spent the rest of that day numbering the animals. He gave numbers to slimy swimmers with no fins,fuzzy hoppers with twitchy noses, squeaky flyers with colored feathers, chirping swingers with curling tails, speedy crawlers with tiny feet, scaly swimmers with red eyes, and a whole bunch of gray, black, and white furries with teeth who looked like they were related to Number One. In the late afternoon, somewhere between the numbering of the tiny sand-diggers and the swarming wood-eaters, Adam lost count! He plopped down again on the brown furry with teeth to think up a new plan for naming the animals.

After a time, Adam decided, "I will call all the animals 'Hey You!' That way, when I need an animal I will only have to remember one name." The next day, Adam needed a big rock moved out of his way. He wanted the large-gray-wrinkled-up-long-nosed-big-eared-white-tusked-tree-eating-stomper for the job, so he yelled out, "HEY YOU! Come over here and move this rock!" But instead of the large-gray-wrinkled-up-long-nosed-big-eared-white-tusked-tree-eating-stomper, a rather-small-quite-noisy-banana-eating-chirping-swinger hopped on top of the rock and began eating a banana. Adam was quite discouraged and returned to the brown furry with teeth to think up a new plan for naming the animals, but this time nothing came to him.

Then the brown furry woke up, shook Adam into a nearby bush, growled a huge growl, looked Adam in the eye, and said to him, "Listen to me! With all your talking you never once thought to ask us -- the animals -- what we would like to be named. Why don't you try that? Now, I don't know what they call a skinny-hairless-red-earth-foot-walker like you, but they call me a bear!"

So Adam asked all the animals what they wanted to be called. And you know what? They told him!

Does God Have a Big Toe? . Copyright © by Marc Gellman. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

Rabbi Gellman holds an earned doctorate in philosophy from Northwestern University. Rabbi Gellman is married to Betty Schulson and has two children, Mara and Max. He is the senior rabbi of Temple Beth Torah in Melville, New York. He will be the next president of the New York Board of Rabbis.

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