To Every­thing There is a Season

Jude Daly
  • Review
By – June 25, 2012
South African illus­tra­tor Judy Daly pro­vides a South African set­ting for the famil­iar lines from Eccle­si­astes. Daly’s inter­pre­ta­tions of the text are some­what sub­tle, per­haps even arbi­trary. The tiny details of the illus­tra­tions are not easy to make out. As a whole, the pic­tures are some­what sta­t­ic and do not effec­tive­ly bring the con­cepts in the text to life. This book is unsuit­able for Juda­ic libraries in any case. The text is tak­en from the King James Bible, but more impor­tant­ly, the illus­tra­tion for A time of war,” shows a hill­side cov­ered with cross-shaped grave mark­ers. Pass this one by, and get an extra copy of Turn, Turn, Turn by Pete Seeger or To Every Thing There is a Sea­son by Leo & Diane Dil­lon. Ages 7 – 10.
Hei­di Estrin is librar­i­an for the Feld­man Chil­dren’s Library at Con­gre­ga­tion B’nai Israel in Boca Raton, FL. She is a past chair of the Syd­ney Tay­lor Book Award Com­mit­tee for the Asso­ci­a­tion of Jew­ish Libraries.

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