The Hur­ry-Up Exit from Egypt

Gary Bow­er; Bar­bara Chotin­er, illus.
  • Review
By – July 27, 2017

In the style and with the cadence of This Is the House that Jack Built, the author tells the sto­ry of the Israelites’ escape from the harsh­ness of slav­ery in Egypt and from the yoke of Pharao­h’s heavy hand. Moses lead­ing the peo­ple, the Egyp­tians chas­ing after them in their char­i­ots, the rush­ing Red Sea … all the ele­ments are worked into per­fect­ly scan­ning rhyme as the sto­ry unfolds in an engag­ing and excit­ing man­ner. It is fun to read the sto­ry in this lilt­ing, rhyth­mic for­mat and the accom­pa­ny­ing col­or art­work is charm­ing­ly exe­cut­ed and per­fect­ly suits the book’s style.

This sto­ry can be enjoyed as a tra­di­tion­al Bible tale in rhyme or as pre-Passover prepa­ra­tion, but it is also a rol­lick­ing read-aloud for any time at all. The bib­li­cal verse on which the sto­ry is based is quot­ed at the end of the book.

This Chris­t­ian pub­lish­er pro­duces many Bible sto­ries which are suit­able for a young Jew­ish audi­ence and this is one that works well. It is rec­om­mend­ed for ages 4 to 7.

Michal Hoschan­der Malen is the edi­tor of Jew­ish Book Coun­cil’s young adult and children’s book reviews. A for­mer librar­i­an, she has lec­tured on top­ics relat­ing to lit­er­a­cy, run book clubs, and loves to read aloud to her grandchildren.

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