QUEEN ESTHER, THE MORNING STAR by Mordicai Gerstein

QUEEN ESTHER, THE MORNING STAR

Age Range: 5 - 10
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Gerstein (Absolutely Awful Alphabet, 1999, etc.) retells the tale of Queen Esther’s plight, making the origins of Purim and its lessons shine. The well-known events of the tale are well told: When the wealthy king of Persia selects the beautiful Esther as his new wife, her cousin Mordecai warns her not to tell the king she is Jewish; Haman concocts his devious plan; Mordecai saves the king from poisoning, etc. Unlike Cathy Goldberg Fishman’s On Purim (2000), which makes the origins of Purim secondary to the preparations for the celebration, Gerstein offers in-depth portrayals of the principal characters. He rounds out the story in the depiction of Esther’s devotion to Mordecai, the king’s growing affection for his queen, and his gullibility at the hands of the villainous prime minister. Colorful illustrations shimmer with the vibrant hues of Persia, with lush purple, orange, and yellow mingling to vivid effect. Eminently readable, this biblical tale of evil vanquished and innocence saved contains an important message about strength of character that speaks to all children, regardless of their faith. (Picture book. 5-10)

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2000
ISBN: 0-689-81372-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2000