Kings and Car­pen­ters: One Hun­dred Bible Land Jobs You Might Have Praised or Planned

Lau­rie Coul­ter; Martha New­big­ging, illus.
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By – September 1, 2011
This book tells about the jobs of the peo­ple who lived in the Iron Age from1200 – 586 BCE, in the part of the world that is now Israel, the Pales­tin­ian ter­ri­to­ries, and parts of Jor­dan, Lebanon and Syr­ia. It is heav­i­ly researched and part of the live­ly and engag­ing series called the Jobs in His­to­ry Series”. Life was tough in bib­li­cal times and the author and illus­tra­tor have a clever way of humor­ous­ly por­tray­ing this fac­tu­al infor­ma­tion that will enter­tain young peo­ple. The book is bro­ken down into 11 chap­ters, each chap­ter talk­ing about a group of jobs includ­ing farm­ing vil­lage jobs, roy­al jobs, city jobs, build­ing and dig­ging jobs, fiery jobs, crafts jobs, what-to-wear jobs, spicy, scent­ed jobs, at sea jobs, reli­gious jobs, and mil­i­tary jobs. The detailed time­line and thor­ough index will help with research projects. For ages 9 – 12.
Bar­bara Sil­ver­man had an M.L.S. from Texas Woman’s Uni­ver­si­ty. She worked as a children’s librar­i­an at the Cor­pus Christi Pub­lic Libraries and at the Cor­pus Christi ISD before retir­ing. She worked as a vol­un­teer at the Astor Juda­ic Library of the Lawrence Fam­i­ly JCC in La Jol­la, CA. Sad­ly, Bar­bara passed away is 2012.

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