Marlee Pinsker relates these tales about ten Biblical women in the style of midrash, “ weaving stories into the areas in which the text is silent, giving voices to the people we want to understand.” She says “in this way we imagine ourselves into the words of the Bible and bring its meaning forward, into our own lives.” Her skillful writing brings her characters to life and makes these women seem real. There are chapters about Eve eating the apple, Noah’s wife Naamah, and Sarah, who is amazed to find herself pregnant at the age of ninety and laughs at the miracle. We also read about Rebecca, Leah, Rachel, Dina and finally, Moses’ mother, Yochaved. We experience Dina weaving Joseph his coat of many colors, and Yochaved as a child, before she is the mother of Moses, forced to work gathering straw for bricks while hearing her nurse’s stories about her people before they were Pharoah’s slaves.
Thisdale combines traditional drawing and painting techniques with digital technology to create multi-textured images, which give his illustrations a dreamy, ethereal quality and compliment the stories beautifully. The author’s lyrical use of language makes this illustrated book a natural to read-aloud. The book successfully connects the lives of these Biblical women who lived “in the days of sand and stars,” to each other and to our lives today. Remember this book the next time a Bat Mitzvah gift is needed.
Ages 10 and up.