Kings and Queens of the Bible by Mary Hoffman
  

Synopsis

Kings and Queens of the Bible by Mary Hoffman

Kings and queens take the spotlight in many of the Old Testament's most memorable stories. Mary Hoffman reveals the colourful personalities behind the thrones of Israel and its surrounding kingdoms. Meet Rameses II of Egypt, the Israelite kings David and Solomon, the fabulous Queen of Sheba, the Phoenician Queen Jezebel, Belshazzar of Babylon and Queen Esther of Persia.

Reviews

There are, of course, some strong female role models in the Bible and the book conveys this well. The illustrations, by Christina Balit, are very bright, stylised and sumptuous. Many profiles are used, in Egyptian style. There is a sense within each picture that these are extraordinary people doing extraordinary things, and their dignity communicates strongly.' || Sumptuously illustrated, this is a picture book to savour. There is an almost mosaic, tactile quality about the massive pictures that this book. The personalities described, Solomon, David, the Queen of Sheba, are all larger than life. That, after all is the reason we continue to learn from the stories told about them. The pictures certainly enhance that impression. Some of the stories selected are well known but not all, Queen Esther is less celebrated and it is appropriate to include some characters that will add to the existing biblical knowledge of the reader. The stories, both new and familiar, are told simply but with a charm that encourages the reader to enter into the world of the characters. This is a KS2 text but could easily satisfy older readers or be used in a Sunday school setting with even younger children. || This lavish book would make a great gift for children aged seven and over.

About the Author

Mary Hoffman

Mary Hoffman has written over 100 books for children. Amazing Grace, commended for the Kate Greenaway medal, and its sequels has sold over 1.5 million copies. As well as the successful Stravaganza sequence of teenage novels, translated into over thirty languages, The Great Big Books series of information books for younger readers, illustrated by Ros Asquith has done very well. The first, The Great Big Book of Families, won the inaugural SLA Information Book Award in the under 7s category.

Mary loves to write historical fiction and her books for Bloomsbury - The Falconer’s Knot, Troubadour and David - have been followed by Shakespeare’s Ghost and now The Ravenmaster’s Boy. She runs a widely-read blog called The History Girls: http://the-history-girls.blogspot.com

Mary is an Honorary Fellow of the Library Association (CILIP) and lives in Oxfordshire.

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Book Info

Format

Hardback
40 pages
Interest Age: From 7

Author

Mary Hoffman
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Author's Website

www.maryhoffman.co.uk

Publisher

Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd

Publication date

15th May 2008

ISBN

9781845071257


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