This lovely illustrated story is the third in the series of Bible stories by this author (Earlier ones are Abraham’s Search for God and Sarah Laughs, all of which are recommended). The story of Jacob’s twelve sons is retold from the point of view of Benjamin, the youngest son. The brothers are forced to go to Egypt to buy food and provisions during the terrible drought in Canaan, where they meet their older brother Joseph, now governor of the land. Because of the unique point of view, children will be forced to think about family relationships with parents and siblings, in addition to being introduced to the text, which is age-appropriate and easily involves the young reader. The illustrations are dramatic and colorful and effectively enhance the tale. This book is dedicated to “religious school teachers everywhere” and this would make a wonderful gift for one of those teachers and for any Jewish library.
Benjamin and the Silver Goblet
Shelly Feit has an M.L.S. and a Sixth-year Specialist’s Certificate in information science. She is the library director and media specialist at the Moriah School in Englewood, NJ.
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