Significant events and experiences in the life of Moses are recreated via the late Hodges's (Saint George and the Dragon) straightforward, child-friendly text in this picture-book biography. From his earliest days as an infant sent down the Nile in a bulrush basket, to his deliverance of the Ten Commandments on Mt. Sinai, Moses is portrayed as a humble man whose faith in God enabled him to be a great leader of the Jewish people. Hodges's writing succeeds in showing readers the adversity faced by the Israelites of biblical days in and expanding on the biblical passages, but does not offer any additional illumination of what Moses' personality may have been like. Moser's (Hummingbird Nest) handsome yet rather static watercolor portraits, featuring crisp borders and frequently dark backgrounds, are evocative of time and place. Unfortunately, they lack the verve that would better match the kinetic tone of the text. All ages. (Nov.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
The life of Moses is recounted from birth to death. The writer fills out the story with some interpretation. After the baby Moses is discovered by the Egyptian princess and his sister brings her mother to be a wet nurse, the text reads: "And when the mother came, her face full of love and fear, Pharaoh's daughter knew that the child must be hers." The plagues of Egypt are dealt with succinctly. The use of black on the cover and the dark, framed watercolor illustrations lend a sense of seriousness to this retelling. Moses is pictured leading the people through the Red Sea against a wall of navy blue water. In the illustration of the Ten Commandments on stone, ancient Hebrew is used. The Ten Commandments in English are accompanied by modern Hebrew but are listed according to Reformed tradition. The somber, staid illustrations will not attract the age group.
Children's Literature - Carlee Hallman
Gr 3-5-Through the flowing, descriptive narrative of a storyteller, Hodges makes the story of this biblical figure memorable. Touching only on focal historical moments that directly affected Moses, she recounts the remarkable life of a boy born to a family of Hebrew slaves. Doomed to death by the Pharaoh's decree, he was saved by a courageous mother whose inner strength and trust in God passed on to her youngest son. Hodges humanizes her subject by emphasizing the obstacles he had to overcome in order to lead his people to safety, such as the fact that he stuttered and his brother, Aaron, had to speak for him. Moser's full-page watercolor paintings-one facing each page of text-expertly capture the action and emotion of each scene. The cover portrait of an aging Moses is compelling. The Ten Commandments are appended, each preceded by its Hebrew letter/number. This brief introduction to one of the most important leaders in Judeo-Christian history belongs in every public library collection.-Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Hodges retells some of the key events from the life of Moses in a well-written, fluid style that makes the ancient stories come alive for young readers or listeners. The introduction establishes why the Hebrews were in Egypt, leading to the story of Moses in his basket in the river and his discovery by the Pharaoh's daughter. The story of his life continues in chronological fashion through the ten plagues of Egypt and the Exodus. After the parting of the Red Sea and the return to Canaan, the rest is condensed into just one page, leaving out the story of the Golden Calf, the breaking of the tablets and the Covenant with the Jewish people. The final spread shows the stone tablets with the commandments in ancient Hebrew next to the commandments in English and in modern Hebrew. Moser's full-page watercolor illustrations on every other page create a strong visual personality for Moses as he ages from confident prince to elderly prophet. (Nonfiction. 6-10)