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Animals of the Bible Hardcover – January 1, 1937

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From the Back Cover

An introduction for children to some of the most beautiful and appealing Bible stories, this picture book of thirty superb black-and-white drawings by Dorothy Lathrop presents the most memorable animals of the Old and New Testaments.

About the Author

Helen Dean Fish was both author and editor of many popular anthologies and picture books for children.

Dorothy Lathrop began illustrating children's books in 1919, and was awarded the first Randolph Caldecott Medal for Animals of the Bible in 1938. She went on to win the Eyre Medal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 1941.



Helen Dean Fish was both author and editor of many popular anthologies and picture books for children.

Dorothy Lathrop began illustrating children's books in 1919, and was awarded the first Randolph Caldecott Medal for Animals of the Bible in 1938. She went on to win the Eyre Medal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 1941.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 920L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 72 pages
  • Publisher: J. B. Lippincott; Reissue edition (1965)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0397315368
  • ISBN-13: 978-0397315369
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #543,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dorothy Lathrop (1891-1980) was a well-known illustrator who was commissioned to draw the pictures in this book planned by Helen Dean Fish (1889-1953), who is often listed as the author. However, Helen Fish only wrote the introduction and selected the passages from the King James version of the Bible which accompanied these beautiful drawings. The book was awarded the 1938 Caldecott Medal for best illustration in a book for children, the first Caldecott Medal ever awarded (the Melcher family had just established the Randolph Caldecott Medal). Any student of children literature probably should include this book in their collection. However, modern day children may not be too excited with the pictures. Nevertheless, the book is great to supplement storytelling from the Bible.
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Okay, I admit it. The only reason I searched out read this book was because it has the legitimate honor of being the first Caldecott winning picture book... ever. And truth be told, that's probably why you've just looked it up on Amazon.com too. Admit it. You wanted to know what made this story so special that it garnered the first in a line of many prestigious works of literature. What is it about this book that's so special? How has it fared over the years? Heck, what kind of book is it anyway? Well, I'll simplify things for you a tad. First of all, the title is about as straightforward as possible. "Animals of the Bible" is pretty much just that. Picture of animals mentioned in both the Old and New Testaments with accompanying quotes from both books. You can't get any more basic.

The book begins (or at least my copy did) with a Forward from Helen Dean Fish, the woman responsible for choosing the biblical passages included in this book (coming from the King James Bible, no less). The Forward explains how Fish always wanted to compile a book such as this one due to the fact that there are so many interesting and inspiring psalms, stories, and scriptures that mention or reflect on those members of the animal kingdom. The book itself covers everything from the serpent in the garden to the cock that crowed three times for Peter. I was a little disappointed that there weren't any Revelation beasties (nine headed critters and all that), but that's just me. Illustrator Dorothy P. Lathrop is probably the real reason the book won anything at all, though. After studying the landscape of the Holy Land and animal physiology, Lathrop developed lovely pen & ink (and possibly pencil) drawings of a variety of different scenes.
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Animals of the Bible is noteworthy as the first Caldecott winner for outstanding children's book illustration, but it is much more than a note in the history of children's literature. The beautiful pen-and-ink illustrations show why it won, but for Christian parents and grandparents, the text is just as memorable. Passages of Scripture relate to the animals (not just Noah, but Elijah's ravens and Jonah's large marine creature (whale or fish is debatable) are rendered exquisitely. I bought this book for my 5-year-old granddaughter and her artist mother has enjoyed it as well. Strongly recommend.

Nancy Cook Smith, Ph.D.
Harvard University
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Dorothy Lathrop's Animals of the Bible won the very first Caldecott Medal when it was originally published in 1937. Now, in honor of the sixtieth anniversary of this prestigious medal and its first recipient, comes this special deluxe edition of Lathrop's award-winning collection of some of the Bible's most extraordinary animals. Thirty richly detailed black-and-white drawings illustrate the favorite stories of the Creation, Noah's Ark, the first Christmas, and many others. A glorious tribute to a great tradition in children's literature, this special anniversary edition will be a keepsake to treasure for years to come.
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So, I'm going to admit, part of my dislike of this book is that it's a Christian thing. And especially that it's a Caldecott winner that's Christian. And not merely Christian. It's basically just straight-up Biblical text, with a few pictures thrown in. I do know that, in 1937, the illustrations in this book would have been the height of sophistication. The animals are drawn true to life, with remarkable detail for a time when the book must have been done in a printing press, rather than any sort of inkjet system.

But, for a modern audience...it's so boring! There's several pages with no illustrations, for one thing. And the language of the book is, well...Bible text. So it's far above most child readers. And, while a Caldecott is supposed to be about art, being READABLE to children is also important to me.

I'm sure this will show up as a gift in Christian households, but I'd honestly rather even public libraries, normally so supportive of the Caldecott, not purchase this. It's barely going to get used, and that money could be put to better use on more universally appealing works.
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First off, before anyone tells me I should have read the description, I want to say I was given a copy of this book from a friend and I had it on my wishlist (paper wish list, not Amazon wishlist) because it was high;y recommended in another book.

Anyway, the pictures are nice but since this is aimed at children, I think it would have been better if they were in color like the cover. Yes, the entire book is just a snippet of text from the King James Bible with a black and white drawing on the next page. That's it. I don't see why it's award-winning, but it certainly is better than a lot of overly-cartoony and dumbed-down kids' books that are put out today (what Charlotte Mason would call "twaddle"). To be honest, you'd be just as well-off opening up a copy of the Bible and looking at a book with photos of animals--maybe something from National Geographic?

I'm just glad I didn't pay for it.
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