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Animals of the Bible Hardcover – January 1, 1937
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About the Author
Helen Dean Fish was both author and editor of many popular anthologies and picture books for children.
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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.Read more ›
Nancy Cook Smith, Ph.D.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Every year I tell my students about the Caldecott Award, an annual award given to the illustrator of the best picture book. This was the first Caldecott Award winner in 1923. Read morePublished on December 19, 2012 by Rita A Fieldbinder
This is a scripturally sound book with black and white drawings and I found
it most interesting for my grandson.
My son is doing a Caldecott challenge at school. We were having great difficulty locating this book at the school and local library. He now has read every book in the collection. Read morePublished on May 24, 2009 by A. Giroux