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Queen Esther Saves Her People Hardcover – February, 1998

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Long, long ago, a poor young Jewish woman named Esther is chosen, Cinderella-style, to be the Queen of Persia. But while her new husband, King Ahasuerus, drinks, eats, and plays, his dastardly prime minister, Hamen, schemes. Infuriated by Esther's cousin Mordecai's refusal to bow down before him ("I am a Jew," said Mordecai, "and Jews do not bow down to human beings"), Hamen vows that Mordecai, along with every Jew in Persia, will be killed. Ahasuerus is too distracted by his card games to pay much attention to Hamen's decree, so it is up to Esther to save her people. Risking all, she approaches her hot-tempered husband (who did not know until now that Esther herself is Jewish) to see what can be done. Luckily, Esther's courage and cleverness prevail. Twenty-five hundred years later, Jews all over the world still celebrate Purim, a noisy, lighthearted holiday to commemorate the days when sorrow turned into joy.

Rita Golden Gelman has written over 50 books for children, including More Spaghetti, I Say!. In this playful retelling of the traditional Purim legend, she remains faithful to the original story, based on the Book of Esther. Frané Lessac's folk-art-style gouache paintings evoke the biblical time of Esther, and invite the reader to rejoice at Hamen's downfall. (Ages 6 to 10) --Emilie Coulter

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PreSchool-Grade 2?In a direct and lively style that conveys its intensity and drama, Gelman retells the stirring story of a young woman who risks her own life to save her people when the prime minister orders that all of the Jews in Persia be killed. The bold, full-color gouache paintings in folk-art style are full of details about court life in Persia. Double-spread pages are often framed in a manner that accentuates the story's events. Thus, the bricks of the palace walls, the arches of the palace interior, or the gallows with a hanging rope surrounding the text become effective design elements. "A Purim Notebook" gives background information on the holiday and its celebration. Diane Wolkstein's Esther's Story (Morrow, 1996) is told as a diary and is illustrated by Juan Wijngaard in a more elegant style. Queen Esther is a fine choice for reading aloud during the Purim festival, which recounts this inspiring event.?Susan Pine, New York Public Library
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: AD590L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 38 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; 1st edition (February 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590470256
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590470254
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 10.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,289,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the best telling of the Puirim story that I have come across for children. The narrative is very close to the original, but what makes the book wonderful are the illustrations which are fantastic. They are so vivid that my children (aged 4 and 6) love the book and ask for it again and again, even when Purim is nowhere in sight. The pictures also conjure up images of a time long ago which helps to give the children a sense of a far away time. I have used the book in a service for children for 4 -8 year olds at an Orthodox synagogue and even those who generally protest at being there are spellbound. Highly recommended.
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We have had this book for a number of years and each of my three children has loved it. The pictures are beautiful and include details that can be used to interest children in the stories (such as animals that always appear on the same page with the characters with which they are associated). The story is quite close to the original.
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This book is well written, as it tells the story, following the Bible story well, and gives lots of insight into the traditions of Jewish people and adds definitions and details. I would recommend this book. The book was also as the seller stated, in good condition, and arrived in a timely manner.
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Notable children’s author Rita Goldin Gelman retells the biblical Story of Esther in an age appropriate way while Frane’ professionally illustrates life in ancient Persia. The format is perfect for a read aloud. One side of the page has a short printed text enhanced with a border and the other side has a colorful picture created using gouache. The words and the illustrations take the reader back to ancient life in the Persian Empire. Additional information about Purim is included in A Purim Notebook at the end of the book. This is an older publication that may be more difficult to find. If you cannot purchase this book, I highly recommend trying to find it at your local library.
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