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Revered as God’s chosen leader, Moses weathered countless tests of faith as he guided his people out of slavery. This elegant telling of his inspiring story captures all the power and poetry that marked his life, from his harrowing infancy hidden in a basket in the bulrushes to his final days as he looked toward his people’s freedom in the promised land. Gorgeously illustrated by renowned artist Barry Moser, Moses will be treasured by the entire family.
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MARGARET HODGES (1911-2005) wrote many acclaimed books for children, including the Caldecott Medal winner Saint George and the Dragon, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman, and St. Jerome and the Lion, also illustrated by Barry Moser.
BARRY MOSER is the prizewinning illustrator of many books for children and adults. He is widely celebrated for his fully illustrated King James Version of the Bible, the only Bible of the twentieth century to be illustrated by a single artist. He lives in western Massachusetts.
*Starred Review* The venerable story of Moses gets a brisk yet compelling treatment by Hodges (who died in 2005). With a keen eye for choosing the details that will interest children the most, she starts her story with Jewish slaves laboring under the pharaoh and longing for their homeland. The rest of the tale will be familiar to many children, beginning with Moses being placed in the bulrushes and then rescued by the pharaoh's daughter. Hodges sacrifices some details for the powerful flow of the story, which skirts the years that the Jews wandered in the desert, and ends with a dying Moses who has the Promised Land in his sights. The book is beautiful to page through, with cream-colored pages and the bordered watercolors in Moser's signature style. Particularly powerful is a dark blue-and-black painting that re-creates the moment that the angel of God hides the fleeing Jewish slaves, causing the Egyptian army to lose sight of them. The individuals blur into the rocks, and older readers may see in them a visual reminder of Jews in the Holocaust. A list of the Ten Commandments, facing a portrait of the stone tablets, makes a moving, fitting conclusion for the book. Ilene Cooper
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Book Description Harcourt Children's Books, 2006. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110152009469
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