The Old­est Bed­time Sto­ry Ever

Ben­jamin Morse
  • Review
By – June 12, 2013

This beau­ti­ful, bril­liant work of art is a book to open again and again. The sto­ries of the Bible are clev­er­ly con­densed with the gist of each sec­tion expert­ly cap­tured in just a few lines and then cre­ative­ly illus­trat­ed with col­lage against a black back­ground, mak­ing the art­work pop. It begins with Cre­ation, wend­ing its way through the five books of Moses which cul­mi­nate in a cre­ative board game called Wilder­ness Quest, then con­tin­ues with the Prophets and onward through the destruc­tion of the Tem­ple. The sweep of ancient Jew­ish his­to­ry is pre­sent­ed with finesse and qui­et emo­tion and the book ends with most the fit­ting words pos­si­ble for this his­tor­i­cal and reli­gious saga — to be con­tin­ued.” The sug­ges­tion to read more about the top­ic refers to the Bible, itself, and there is an asso­ci­at­ed web­site which, among oth­er fea­tures, shows how the art­work was con­struct­ed and encour­ages chil­dren to try their hand at this kind of artis­tic endeav­or themselves.

This unusu­al and very spe­cial book is rec­om­mend­ed for ages four and up but it real­ly, tru­ly means up; adults will be entranced and enchant­ed. Chil­dren and adults shar­ing this book togeth­er will have a very spe­cial expe­ri­ence in store.

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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