The Coat of Many Colors

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9780802852779: The Coat of Many Colors

Retells the biblical story of Joseph and his father's gift in simple language.

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PreSchool-Grade 3–Beginning with a lovely description of the famed coat, this condensed, well-written retelling of the story from the Book of Genesis highlights the key events in the life of Joseph, favored son of Jacob, and explores timeless themes of sibling rivalry and the power of forgiveness. Koralek details how the envious sons of Jacob conspired against their sibling and sold him into slavery, but then grew to rue their treachery. The author omits Joseph's early experiences in Egypt, picking up the narrative with the Pharaoh asking Joseph to interpret his disturbing dreams, which predict an impending famine. The Egyptian leader, in his gratitude for Joseph's saving his people from starvation, raises him to a place of power, and the young man is quickly reunited with his remorseful brothers, who have come from their famine-stricken country to buy corn. Baynes enhances the straightforward text with atmospheric illustrations rendered in muted desert shades. The pictures feature the exotic flora and fauna of the ancient biblical world, as well as decorative geometric borders that draw readers' eyes from one page to the next. This appealing rendition of a well-known tale is perfect for reading aloud.–Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA
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PreS-Gr. 2. The author-illustrator team who created The Moses Basket (2003) offers another smooth, uncomplicated telling of an Old Testament story, focusing this time on Joseph's betrayal by his brothers, his triumph in Egypt, and his reunion with his repentant siblings. Koralek's brisk text is made even more accessible with well-integrated dialogue that animates the characters, while Baynes' paintings, in a flat style reminiscent of Egyptian art, evoke the setting in chalky, desert colors, shot through with blues and greens. Handsome decorative borders wind around scenes of elemental action and enliven the spreads. Both lively and straightforward, this British import will be a welcome addition to religion shelves. Gillian Engberg
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