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The Coat of Many Colors [Hardcover]

By Jenny Koralek (Author) & Pauline Baynes (Illustrator)
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Retells the biblical story of Joseph and his father's gift in simple language.

From Publishers Weekly
The duo behind The Moses Basket returns with this accessible interpretation of the story of Joseph. And happily for readers, Baynes's (The Chronicles of Narnia) elegant paintings, evoking Egyptian stoneware tableaux, give the titular garment its dazzling due. Favored son Joseph invokes the ire of his siblings when he receives a special coat from their father and boasts of his dream visions. But despite being beaten and sold into slavery by his own bitter brothers, Joseph's special talent eventually saves not only himself and his family, but all of Egypt, as well. Koralek truncates the tale ("Joseph was now a slave in Egypt. But not for long" covers the two years Joseph serves as slave before deciphering the pharoah's dream and being freed), but the author keeps the story child-friendly, emphasizing the strong note of Joseph's forgiveness and contrasting it with the very human, wicked behavior of his brethren. Young readers will easily identify with the feelings of rivalry and will enjoy being transported, via Baynes's artwork, to the ancient desert and to the pharaoh's brilliantly adorned palace. Ages 3-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Awards and Recognitions
The Coat of Many Colors by Jenny Koralek & Pauline Baynes has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Sydney Taylor Book Award - 2004 Notable - Younger Readers category

Citations And Professional Reviews
The Coat of Many Colors by Jenny Koralek & Pauline Baynes has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2005 page 5
  • Kirkus Review - Children - 08/15/2004 page 808
  • Booklist - 10/15/2004 page 410
  • Publishers Weekly - 10/25/2004 page 46
  • School Library Journal - 11/01/2004 page 127
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2005 page 101
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 39
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 53

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.88" Width: 8.76" Height: 0.31"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2004
Publisher   Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Grade Level  Pre School  
Age  4-8
ISBN  0802852777  
ISBN13  9780802852779  

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More About Jenny Koralek & Pauline Baynes

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > Religions > Christianity > Bible > Stories
3Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8

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God was always there!  Nov 30, 2006
My friend referred to this story when she was going through a time of turmoil professionally .... and her comments perfectly say what the wisdom of this Old Testament tale says:

My life at times closely resembles Joseph in the Old Testament. His life is identical to mine! What happened to Joseph wasnt fair! Whe your own family sells you as a slave and your bosss wife has you wrongly imporisoned you tend to ask Lord, whats going on!!...Before God promoted Joseph to the palace, He wanted to know how hed hold up under pressure...In Genesis, when Josephs brothers finally stand before him as ruler of Egypt, Joseph tells them, You didnt do it to me, God orchestrated the whole thing. God intended it for good.

As for myself, it is hard to understand why I go through the fires of refinement...but I think somewhere down the line, God will be able to use all that painful stuff to bring my life into focus and accomplish His purposes.

I am reminded of a meal I had in a pizzeria during my travels to Rome this past August...the kind of place where they take a ball of dough, slam it down, twirl it around, flatten it, and then put it into 1000 oven. That is what is required for the pizza to hold all that good stuff they plan to put on top...I think I am that pizza dough and God as the person working it...Hes got some good stuff he wants to lay on me, but before He can do it Hes got to knock me into shape...
A picturebook retelling the Biblical story of Joseph  Apr 12, 2005
Elegantly illustrated by the artwork of Pauline Baynes, The Coat Of Many Colors by Jenny Koralek is a picturebook retelling the Biblical story of Joseph. When his ten brothers became jealous of his coat of many colors, they decided to teach him a lesson. Joseph was sold into slavery - yet his astounding gift to interpret dreams would come to the pharaoh's attention, and Joseph taught him how to protect the land from the threat of famine. One day Joseph and his brothers would meet again, with repentance filling the brothers' hearts, all of them far wiser than they once were so many years ago. A powerful and timeless legend.

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