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Animals of the Bible

by Hoffman, Mary, 1945-

Format: Print Book 2003
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
Available (4)
Location Collection Call #
Bethel Park Public Library Juvenile Nonfiction j 222.11 HO
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Nonfiction
Call Number  j 222.11 HO
Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale Children Non-Fiction child rm 220.8 Hof
Location  Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale
Collection  Children Non-Fiction
Call Number  child rm 220.8 Hof
Monroeville Public Library Juvenile Non-fiction 220.8 H
Location  Monroeville Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Non-fiction
Call Number  220.8 H
Plum Community Library Juvenile Non-Fiction J 221.8 HOF
Location  Plum Community Library
Collection  Juvenile Non-Fiction
Call Number  J 221.8 HOF
Serpents, lions, whales, the raven, and the dove are just a few of the wily, fierce, friendly, or peace-making creatures that can be found in many Bible stories. In nine vivid retellings Mary Hoffman shows how these animals have challenged, tricked, helped, or even rescued some of the most famous Biblical figures. As in their highly praised previous collaborations, Parables and Miracles, Mary Hoffman and Jackie Morris have created another beautifully illustrated picture book that turns the complex language and stories of the Bible into accessible and enjoyable reading for a wide range of young people. Illustrated by Jackie Morris.
Naming the animals
The serpent in the garden
Noah's ark
Jacob's sheep
Pharaoh's dream
Frogs and creepy-crawlies
Elijah's ravens
Daniel in the lions' den
Jonah and the whale.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "K^-Gr. 3. Hoffman, the author of Parables (2000) and Miracles (2001), now turns to biblical tales featuring animals. The stories are greatly condensed and the tellings are in almost colloquial terms: "Frogs on the stairs and Frogs on the roof. Everyone was miserable except the frogs." Like the Bible itself, the stories will provoke questions about habits in Biblical days ("Well in the end, Jacob married Rachel, too, and had children by both his wives") and about greater issues, such as the question of suffering raised by the story of Jonah and the whale. There's only a brief introduction, but the stories are referenced to their Bible passages in an appendix. Morris' strong, graceful paintings are a beautiful extension of the tales. Some flow past one page of a spread into another; others are used as borders--frogs and locusts climbing the length of the pages. Stand-alone versions of stories like "Noah's Ark" may be more enjoyable for kids, but this is a useful compendium featuring some selections, such as "Daniel in the Lion's Den," not often seen in children's books. Great for reading aloud to little ones; older children can enjoy the book on their own. --Ilene Cooper"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "The accomplished author-illustrator team behind Parables and Miracles helps young readers enter the Old Testament via thematically linked, age-appropriate stories, this time focusing on a topic popular among children-animals. Fittingly, the book begins with Creation, as God puts all the animals into Adam and Eve's care and charges Adam with naming all creatures. With the same easy tone that has distinguished her previous works, Hoffman invites readers to envision the magnitude of Adam's task: "Can you imagine what an important job that was? Imagine seeing for the first time a tiger, a kangaroo... and a toucan, and having to come up with the right names for them." The retellings inform, entertain and create a sense of immediacy ("It was very crowded inside the ark. The big animals sometimes sat on the little ones by mistake, and the ones who had horns kept poking the ones who didn't"). Animals play only supporting roles in many narratives (e.g., Daniel in the Lions' Den, Jonah and the Whale) but they invariably take pride of place in Morris's rhythmically paced watercolors, which variously occupy side panels, three-fifths spreads or combinations of the two. While her portraits of human figures are generally sympathetic, the artist truly excels in her depictions of birds, beasts and sea creatures-they are realistic yet endowed with unmistakable grandeur. An endnote includes Hoffman's comments on her interpretations and cites the biblical sources, thus broadening the opportunities for family sharing. Ages 4-8. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Animals in the Bible -- Juvenile literature.
Bible stories, English -- Old Testament.
Animals in the Bible.
Bible stories -- Old Testament.
Publisher New York :Phyllis Fogelman Books,2003
Contributors Morris, Jackie.
Language English
Description 29 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
ISBN 0803728425
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