- Age Range: 5 and up
- Grade Level: 2 - 3
- Hardcover: 37 pages
- Publisher: Doubleday Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (August 6, 1985)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385193343
- ISBN-13: 978-0385193344
- Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,197,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Book of Jonah, The Hardcover – August 6, 1985
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From Publishers Weekly
Scholarship and artistic imagination inform the second work based on the Bible by the Caldecott Medalist. Like Spier's version of Noah's Ark, his story of disobedient Jonah retains the drama of the original, and the full-color pictures are wonderful, enhanced by details that mark them distinctively Spier's. Older boys and girls and adults will find the author's afterword additionally absorbing. He cites studies that place the story of Jonah between 400 b.c. and 200 b.c. by a writer aiming to prove that sincere repentance wins God's forgiveness. There is a history of Nineveh illustrated by maps showing ancient and modern areas, the latter pinpointing the city's ruins today. This is where God commanded Jonah to go and urge the citizens to reform, a duty he tried to escape by taking a ship to Tarshish, only to sink into the belly of the whale before getting a second chance to obey.
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3 Unlike his Noah's Ark (Doubleday, 1977), Spier has included the text from the Bible along with his usual delightful illustrations. Noah's humanity is fully exposedhis fear, obedience, anger and acceptance. Each picture is a story in itself, busy, colorful and page-filling, but never intruding on the text. The glossy paper stock of the book makes the pictures more colorful and alive than they are in Noah's Ark . Some who accept the Bible literally may be bothered by Spier's statement that Nineveh was three days journey from where the fish vomited out Jonahboth the King James and the New American versions indicate instead that Nineveh was so large that it took three days to cross. The Book of Jonah is an excellent lap or read-to book, and will be of some interest to older middle-schoolers. Valuable historical material dealing with Nineveh, Joppa and Tarshish in Noah's time, including archaeological maps and findings and diagrams of the Phoenician ships of the day, is located on the back endpapers. Unfortunately the jacket flap covers some of this information. Despite its shortcomings, The Book of Jonah is a delightful addition to the collection, and libraries will want to own at least one copy. Warwick Hutton's illustrations in Jonah and the Great Fish (Atheneum, 1984) are more human and appealing, but the book ends with Jonah being spit out of the fish's mouth and does not have the historical information that Spier's version has. Nancy Schmidtmann, Our Lady of Mercy School Library, Hicksville, N.Y.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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promoting Jewish religious practices. I don't remember seeing this book in anything but a secular printing before.