King Solomon and his magic ring

by Wiesel, Elie, 1928-2016

Format: Print Book 1999
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
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CLP - Squirrel Hill Children's Non-Fiction Collection j BS580.S6 W45 1999
Location  CLP - Squirrel Hill
Collection  Children's Non-Fiction Collection
Call Number  j BS580.S6 W45 1999
Jefferson Hills Public Library Juv Nonfiction J 222.53 WIE
Location  Jefferson Hills Public Library
Collection  Juv Nonfiction
Call Number  J 222.53 WIE
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Non-Fiction j 222.53 Wie
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Children's Non-Fiction
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So begins Elie Wiesel's harmonious retelling of twenty mysterious and wonderfully compelling stories about King Solomon--rarely heard tales that span the revered ruler's life, from the time he took the throne at age twelve, to the building of the Temple in Jerusalem, to the disintegration of the kingdom upon his death. Rich, rewarding, gracefully told, this keepsake book is illustrated by Mark Podwal, whose fluid and symbolic paintings grace every spread.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 3^-5, younger for reading aloud. "Have you heard?" In an intimate, conversational tone, Wiesel retells stories of King Solomon from the Old Testament and from the Talmud and the Midrash. Opposite each page of text, Mark Podwal's full-page paintings in gouache, acrylics, and colored pencil leave space for the mystery and evoke the playful exaggeration of the brief, legendary stories. There are many tales of the king's wisdom and grandeur and power (in the building of the Temple, "the heaviest stones moved on their own and set themselves into the walls"); but the great ruler was also wise enough to smile. The story of the Queen of Sheba is here, and so is the famous biblical account of how the wise king judged who was a baby's true mother. There are also vignettes of his mistakes and failures. Both the telling and the art are open, with no sense of an ending or a glib answer, just images and bits of story to think about. --Hazel Rochman"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In a loosely spun collection of legends about King Solomon, Nobel laureate Wiesel adopts a friendly, conversational styleÄalmost as if he were spending a Shabbat afternoon regaling children with snippets of tales from the Talmud and Midrash. The angel Michael brings Solomon the ring of the title: "With it you will conquer all the demons of this world, and with their labor, you shall build the Temple of Jerusalem." Anecdotes tell how the king travels on a flying carpet; trades quips with ants and birds; unwisely takes the Pharaoh's daughter as one of his 1000 wives; gets tricked by Ashmedai, the king of the demons; etc. The narrative is fluid, with one episode easily giving way to the next. However, some readersÄparticularly presiding adults unfamiliar with the roles of the Talmud and MidrashÄmay wish the author had provided more of a context for his storytelling than is offered in the minimal source notes at the end. Podwal, previously paired with Wiesel for A Passover Haggadah, adheres to his customary style, eschewing clearly narrative visuals in favor of a series of almost mythic images. If Wiesel's text evokes the atmosphere of his Carpathian boyhood, Podwal's palette hints of the South of France, and his carefully modulated abstractions are as striking in their embrace of the 20th century as is the text's pleasure in tradition. Ages 5-up. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Solomon, -- King of Israel -- Juvenile literature.
Solomon, -- King of Israel.
Bible. -- Old Testament -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Jews -- Kings and rulers -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Bible stories -- Old Testament.
Publisher New York :Greenwillow Books,1999
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Podwal, Mark H., 1945-
Language English
Description 51 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN 0688169597 (trade : alk. paper)
0688169600 (lib. bdg. : alk. paper)
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