THE BINDING OF ISAAC by Barbara Cohen

THE BINDING OF ISAAC

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Cohen provides no new or interesting perspective on the story of Abraham and Isaac by having an aged Isaac tell it to his grandchildren, and the heavy-handed self-importance of Mikolaycak's double-page illustrations is out of step with the reductive blandness of her text. The children function partly as mere prompters to get the story underway, then as stand-ins for Cohen's (or any) young audience with their predictable remarks that ""my father would never do that"" and their debate as to whether Abraham really would have gone through with the sacrifice. ""The important thing,"" grandfather Isaac and Joseph agree in the end, ""is that you didn't die. . . . You are here""--and if that's the level of commentary that Cohen's method elicits, why bother?

Pub Date: May 16th, 1978
Publisher: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard