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The Story of Esther : A Purim Tale
by Eric A. Kimmel and Jill Weber


Overview - 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. This dramatic story shows how it was only because of Queen Esther's cunning and courage that evil was brought to justice and many threatened lives were saved.  Read more...

 
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Overview
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. This dramatic story shows how it was only because of Queen Esther's cunning and courage that evil was brought to justice and many threatened lives were saved. Told for many thousands of years, her story is still thrilling and inspiring.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780823422234
  • ISBN-10: 0823422232
  • Publisher: Holiday House
  • Publish Date: February 2011
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 5-8
  • Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.83 x 0.38 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.93 pounds


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Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Religion - Judaism
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Holidays & Celebrations - Other, Religious

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2011-01-03
  • Reviewer: Staff

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.)

 
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