Friday, October 28, 2011

Kimmel, Eric A. The Story of Esther: A Purim Tale.

Kimmel, Eric A. The Story of Esther: A Purim Tale.
Holiday House 2011 unp 16.95
978-0-8234-2223-4 E-BN

Eric Kimmel presents the whole “Megillah” in this vivid description of the Jewish holiday of Purim, Festival of Lots. The Biblical Book of Esther goes back to the ancient court of Ahasuerus, King of Persia who rids himself of his disobedient wife Vashti, and then vows to marry the most beautiful girl in his kingdom. His choice falls upon the Jewish Esther, niece of Mordecai. She keeps her religion a secret until Mordecai discovers that the king’s evil advisor Haman is planning to destroy the entire Jewish population of Persia. Mordecai begs Esther to speak with the king to save their people and it is because of her courage “that evil was brought to justice and many lives were saved.”
The book is written in simple and lyrical language that thoroughly engages the reader. Kimmel presents his story in simple and direct words. His characters, both good and bad, are fully realized; they are brought to life and have distinct personalities. The full-page paintings are beautiful and compliment the story perfectly.
Highly recommended for elementary level libraries that need information on religious holidays. Ogintz, Susan

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