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Miracles of the Bible
     

Miracles of the Bible

by Josh Hanft, Seymour Chwast (Illustrator)
 

The author and illustrator of The Miracles of Passover have created another magnificent picture book to celebrate the miracles of the Hebrew scriptures. In this book the stories of Daniel in the Lions' Den, Noah's Ark, Jonah and the Whale, and other tales are brought together and rendered in glorious images by award-winning illustrator Seymour Chwast.

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The author and illustrator of The Miracles of Passover have created another magnificent picture book to celebrate the miracles of the Hebrew scriptures. In this book the stories of Daniel in the Lions' Den, Noah's Ark, Jonah and the Whale, and other tales are brought together and rendered in glorious images by award-winning illustrator Seymour Chwast.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Hanft and Chwast here craft a jaunty picture-book companion to their Miracles of Passover. Hanft quickly gets to the heart of the matter in his one-page retellings of such familiar Bible stories as "Daniel in the Lion's Den" and "Jonah and the Fish" and "Noah's Ark." He also includes such dramatic episodes as the parting of the Red Sea and the conquests of Samson and David. Each vignette includes a Bible quote and notation and is decorated with a small detail illustration. But it's Chwast's full-page-and-more compositions, rendered in creamy, pastel-toned ink-and-watercolor that stand out-literally. A number of these illustrations, in Chwast's signature comics-influenced style, appear on fold-out pages that boldly expand the scene, vertically or horizontally. Children will likely flock to this hands-on reading experience. Ages 4-8. (Oct.)

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Children's Literature - Carlee Hallman
Old Testament stories of miracles are retold in flowing language and with large, fold-out illustrations which open to the right or above the book and are stylized and in pastel colors. Each page of text is accompanied by a Bible verse. The creation story is accompanied by three pictures of the world: as a round void, with water and bare land, and with land that has plants growing on it. The creation story of woman is from Genesis 2:23. "Finally God sent Adam to sleep, and while he was sleeping God took out one of his ribs and made it into the first woman." Noah's ark floats on water that has a whale and dolphin swimming in it. The Ten Commandments are listed but are not numbered so they can be appreciated by children from any tradition. The fold-out of a fierce Goliath will be both appealing and off-putting to some children. Daniel in the Lion's den shows an angry lion in the first picture and then cheerful lions in the fold-out. Children will enjoy opening the fold-outs as an adult reads the stories. Reviewer: Carlee Hallman
School Library Journal

Gr 1-4 Similar in design and layout to The Miracles of Passover (2007) and The Miracle of Hannukah (2006, both Blue Apple), this book presents each story through a page of text and a foldout illustration. The vertical foldouts of Samson breaking down the pillars, the giant Goliath in a showdown with David, and Jonah being swallowed by a large fish are particularly dramatic. However, the retellings are severely lacking. The "Birth of Adam" ends abruptly; God's motive for destroying the Earth in "Noah's Ark" is left unexplained; and "Balaam and the Donkey" (which is not typically included in these types of collections) is too complicated to be so abbreviated. Readers will be better served by the more comprehensive retellings in Celia Barker Lottridge's Stories from Adam and Eve to Ezekiel (Groundwood, 2004), for example. Yet, despite the weaknesses of the Hanft text, the fresh, creative illustrations are a delight.-Rachel Kamin, Temple Israel Libraries & Media Center, West Bloomfield, MI

Kirkus Reviews
Hanft and Chwast team up again for another collection of Bible stories, following their Miracles of Passover (2007). This time, Hanft retells a dozen Old Testament stories, each conveying some aspect of the miraculous, such as Eve being created from Adam's rib, or the parting of the Red Sea. Well-known stories are the focus, including Noah and the Ark, David and Goliath and Daniel in the lion's den. Each story is succinctly told in one page of simply written text with a short, relevant Bible verse highlighted in the center of the page. Chwast's illustrations, done in a flat, cartoon style with a muted palette of cool tones, are simple but appealing. The volume's winning feature is the gatefold pages supplementing eight of the stories. Each full-page flap lifts up to reveal a new, larger dimension to a central character. Goliath is hugely tall, Samson smashes towering columns and Jonah's whale has a tail that flips across two full pages. The added surprise of these fold-out pages makes this volume a memorable way to introduce these key Old Testament stories. (Nonfiction. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593546175
Publisher:
Blue Apple Books
Publication date:
10/04/2007
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Josh Hanft is the President of Congregation Ansche Chesed of New York. In addition to writing children's books, he is also a freelance editor. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, three sons, and two guinea pigs.

Seymour Chwast is the director of the Push Pin Group, a design firm that he cofounded in 1954. His graphic design and illustrations are well-known internationally, and he has written and/or illustrated more than thirty books for children. He lives in New York City with his wife, Paula Scher.

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