by Ann Keay Beneduce, Illustrations by Gennady Spirin
Moses: The Long Road to Freedom
Orchard Books, February, 2004.
Picture Book, 32 pages.
The story of Exodus is retold in this abbreviated version for children, which is enhanced by its stunning illustrations by Gennady Spirin. The beauty and richness of the Egyptian royal court is richly portrayed by Mr. Spirin's dramatic watercolors. The plague of locusts shows hordes of locusts devouring everything in sight, and the horror is accentuated by the fact that the locusts crawl right out of the page margins seemingly onto the reader's lap. The Pharoah is portrayed as a stubborn and cruel man, while Moses looks kindly, but stern. The Egyptian women and the Israelites who are dancing with joy at the end of the story are full of life and energy. This book is a perfect introduction to the powerful story of the Hebrew slave who gave up the life of an Egyptian prince to lead his people to freedom. Parents will find the book a joy to share with their children, as they learn about the Old Testament.
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This review was published in the May-June, 2004 of The Internet Writing Journal.
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