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The Book of Jonah Hardcover – August, 2000

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Editorial Reviews

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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

K-Gr 3—Last available in hardcover over 15 years ago, this beautifully retold Bible story is again available. Like his Caldecott-Medal winning Noah's Ark, Spier's The Book of Jonah features detailed line drawings with eye-catching watercolors. Jonah is a man on the run, afraid to fulfil the task God has set before him. With panels reminiscent of graphic novel-style storytelling, Jonah's tale unfolds with the requite drama and tension. Helpful information about the Assyrian Empire in the eighth century BC and a labeled drawing of the Ship of Tarshish are included in the back matter. A fantastic addition for Bible story collections. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 and up
  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Baker Books (August 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801044731
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801044731
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 10.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,786,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
The 1985 Doubleday editon of Jonah by Spier is a wonderful book. It merits 5 stars, and I agree with everything that reviewer Joan Koelle Snipes says about it - adding that the 1985 edition very closely paraphrases the text of Jonah from the bible, with great illustrations to match it.
However the 2000 Baker edition, while retaining the same illustrations, replaces the bible text with a poorly done fictionalized story about Jonah. Don't get it. Track down the original instead.
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Peter Spier is one of the very best of illustrators and story verse authors. He develops wonderful fictional themes around believable historic locations or events. I have used his books ever since I began working with children in the late 60's as a VISTA Volunteer and later as a teacher. And now that I am retired, nothing has changed. The many books that portray traditional events and historical fact are timeless for all cultures. Jonah fits very well with a biblical tradition that--in actual fact--has occurred in human history and has been documented in various occasions; people do get swallowed by giant fish or whales and they do survive. The rest is great imagination.
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This is my favorite children's book on Jonah. The illustrations are very well-done. The entire story is presented without omissions or embellishment. The text-to-illustration ratio is good for any age (mine's 2), and the text is easy to understand. There is even a few pages of factual information in the back that would be great for older kids, including a cross-section of Jonah's ship and really nice looking map of the Assyrian empire.
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The pictures and the print are too small to see and read on the kindle version. My children love the book and have worn it out but the kindle version was a waste of money. I ended up ordering the hard back book and kids love the pictures
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This is a wonderful retelling of the story of Jonah. It's a good choice for preschoolers AND elementary school aged children. The illustrations are very detailed, so it is an especially good choice when you are reading aloud to just one or two children. (You need to be close to the book to see and talk about Spier's great pictures.) Our two daughters enjoyed this book when they were young, and I count it as a classic which should be in every home where parents want to teach Bible stories. As a parent and a long-time Sunday school teacher, I highly recommend this book.
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