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TOMIE DePAOLA'S BOOK OF BIBLE STORIES

A selection of the best. known stories from the Creation to the Resurrection, nicely rounded by concluding with 1 Corinthians 13 and a psalm of praise. DePaola uses an accessible new translation, the New International Version (c1973-1984) without abridgement—an excellent choice fox introducing these favorite texts to young children. The illustrations, in dePaola's usual rhythmic, decorative style, have even more grace and simplicity than usual, the absence of detail leaving imaginations unfettered by trivia. The artist avoids the most harrowing moments: Abraham has already turned to the angel who stops him from slaying his son; the Crucifixion is seen at a distance, and from the back. Adam and Eve are posed with extraordinary modesty. Curiously, Joseph is omitted altogether. A great many of dePaola's characters continue to walk around with their eyes closed. Still, a handsome volume that will be welcome in homes, churches, and schools. Index to Bible texts.

Pub Date: Sept. 27, 1990

ISBN: 0-399-21690-1

Page Count: 128

Publisher: Putnam

Review Posted Online: May 19, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 1990

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GOD BLESS YOU, LITTLE ONE

Satisfactory text; irresistibly delightful illustrations.

A bedtime-prayer board book features a family of badgers.

Speaking in a gentle rhyme, the badgers ask for God’s blessings for family and friends and offer gratitude for the gifts of the natural world. Temple’s stanzas have a lullaby lilt to them, with a cadence that remains consistent throughout. With the exception of the first and last stanzas, which are voiced by the older badgers, the little badger relates the text. The accompanying images show the little badger remembering how much there is to be thankful for, from loved ones like grandparents to the moon and stars. It’s Braun’s illustrations that truly speak to little readers. The badger family is adorable; the softness and simplicity of their features are charming. The same is true of the other woodland creatures and animals. A wintry scene stands out from the rest thanks to the feelings of frostiness and wonder it evokes. There’s the little badger wrapped in a red scarf, nose to the sky, and a tiny mouse leaning on a walking stick, the soft snow floating down around them. Other details, like a lemonade bottle tucked in a picnic basket and a toy boat with a leaf sail, add depth and interest to the scenes.

Satisfactory text; irresistibly delightful illustrations. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Jan. 5, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-68010-632-9

Page Count: 22

Publisher: Tiger Tales

Review Posted Online: March 1, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 2021

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MOMMY'S KHIMAR

With a universal message of love and community, this book offers a beautiful representation of a too-often-overlooked...

From a debut author-and-illustrator team comes a glimpse into a young American Muslim girl’s family and community as she walks around in “Mommy’s khimar,” or headscarf.

The star of this sunny picture book is a young girl who finds joy in wearing her mother’s khimar, imagining it transforms her into a queen, a star, a mama bird, a superhero. At the core of the story is the love between the girl and her mother. The family appears to be African-American, with brown skin and textured hair. The girl’s braids and twists “form a bumpy crown” under the khimar, which smells of coconut oil and cocoa butter. Adults in her life delight in her appearance in the bright yellow khimar, including her Arabic teacher at the mosque, who calls it a “hijab,” and her grandmother, who visits after Sunday service and calls out “Sweet Jesus!” as she scoops her granddaughter into her arms. Her grandmother is, apparently, a Christian, but “We are a family and we love each other just the same.” The illustrations feature soft pastel colors with dynamic lines and gently patterned backgrounds that complement the story’s joyful tone. The words are often lyrical, and the story artfully includes many cultural details that will delight readers who share the cheerful protagonist’s culture and enlighten readers who don’t.

With a universal message of love and community, this book offers a beautiful representation of a too-often-overlooked cultural group . (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: April 3, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5344-0059-7

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Salaam Reads/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: Feb. 2, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2018

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