Kings and Queens of the Bible by Mary Hoffman


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.


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. School Librarian This lavish book would make a great gift for children aged seven and over.

About the Author

Mary Hoffman

Mary Hoffman has written around 90 books for children. Amazing Grace, commended for the Kate Greenaway medal, has sold over 1.5 million copies. Its sequel, Grace & Family, was among Junior Education 's Best Books of 1995 and shortlisted for the Sheffield Libraries Book Award 1996. Mary lives in Oxfordshire.

You can read her contributions to The History Girls blog by clicking here.

Mary Hoffman's Ten Things You Didn't Know About Me:

I didn't change my surname when I got married.

When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a garage mechanic.

My husband is half-Indian. His mother was a Parsee, born in Bangalore.

I am learning Italian and would love to have a house in Italy.

I never wear or own anything blue.

Photo by Jess Barber (©Jess Barber)

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40 pages
Interest Age: From 7


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Publication date

15th May 2008



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