Overview A retelling of the Old Testament story of Joseph whose jealous brothers sold him as a slave into Egypt
Citations And Professional Reviews Joseph by Brian Wildsmith has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 01/26/1998 page 86
Booklist - 02/01/1998 page 920
Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/1997 page 96
Booklist - 10/01/1999 page 373
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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 12.32" Width: 9.79" Height: 0.35" Weight: 1.2 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 1997
Publisher Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Grade Level Multiple Grades
ISBN 0802851614 ISBN13 9780802851611
Availability 0 units.
More About Brian Wildsmith
Illustrator's Home Country is ENGLAND
Brian Wildsmith currently resides in Mouns Sartoux.
This version of the Biblical story of Joseph was more detailed than other children's storybooks I've found. The illustrations are beautiful and go into great detail as well. I definately recommend this one as an intro to the actual Bible version.
One caution: Wildsmith does not gloss over what happened with Potiphar's wife. For anyone who may be offended by this, you may want to read it yourself before reading it to your child. It is handled delicately, though so it's really a personal decision.
Overall, it's a very well-done book!
Finely detailed illustrations with beautiful color Feb 25, 2003
The illustrations of this over-sized children's picture book are almost overwhelming due to the detail of the fine point ink drawings. The tiny strokes that make up the Egyptian hieroglyphics, the plant leaves, and the wall decorations are unbelievable. Great care and thought was given to both the drawings and the painting. The painting of the background of the pages and of the skies contain beautiful combinations of color.
Unfortunately I don't think the writing matches the quality of the illustrations. The story itself could have been made more exciting or more lyrically descriptive.
My five year old really enjoyed this story and he asks me to read it over and over.
A visually appealing introduction to the biblical account! Aug 23, 2001
Award-winning children's book illustrator, Brian Wildsmith, lends his pen and water colors to the well-known and beloved story of Joseph from the Book of Genesis. As would be expected from Wildsmith, these illustrations of Egyptian palaces, hieroglyphics and royalty in full regalia are a feast to behold. By comparison, Joseph's nomadic sheepherding father, Jacob, and Joseph's treacherous brothers live rather humble lives in the desert.
Unfortunately, the text of this version of the emotionally compelling biblical account is rather dry and matter-of-fact. It would be easy to call this the condensed version. So, enjoy this visually appealing book with your children, but let it be an introduction the richer version found in the Book of Genesis. Be sure to check out Wildsmith's companion volume, "Exodus."