Queen Esther by Jenny Koralek


Queen Esther by Jenny Koralek

Here is Jenny Koralek's third picture-book Bible story retold especially for very young readers. It tells of Queen Esther, a Jewish queen in the ancient Persian court, whose wisdom and great personal courage save the lives of her people living in the kingdom of Persia. Her bravery is still commemorated each year in the Jewish festival of Purim.


The familiar story of Queen Esther has been ably retold by Jenny Koralek and richly illustrated by Grizelda Holderness to the high standards one expects from Frances Lincoln Children's Books. Koralek deftly steps the line between the over-written language that is a danger when retelling the Jewish classics and the patronising simplification of some classroom texts, to produce a gift book that will enchant both children and adults. Holderness's spicy-toned illustrations perfectly evoke the Persian setting. Jewish Chronicle One of the best ways to introduce children to bible stories is through picture books and Queen Esther is a beautiful example. INIS This very readable text is almost over-shadowed by Grizelda Holderness's glorious full page illustrations which use rich colours of red, blue and brown and bold sweeping figures to convey the atmosphere of the story. It must be one of the best picture books I have seen for some time. School Librarian

About the Author

Jenny Koralek's books include The Song of Roland Smith, Mabel's Story, The Boy and the Cloth of Dreams and A Treasury of Stories from the Brothers Grimm. GRIZELDA HOLDERNESS was born in Zimbabwe, and has lived and worked in England for over twenty years. She studied at the Central School of Art and Design in London and has designed many book covers for Pan, Picador, Penguin, Everyman and Methuen, earning her the Pan Young Illustrator Award early on in her career. In addition, she has contributed illustrations for magazines such as The Sunday Times Magazine, Tatler, Cosmopolitan and New Scientist.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 4


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Publication date

19th February 2009



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