"Just in time for Purim comes this lovely retelling of the story of Esther, the young Jewish girl who became a Persian queen and saved her fellow Jews from annihilation. Wolkstein casts this inspiring biblical tale in the form of a diary....Wijngaard's lavish illustrations and Wolkstein's rendering of Esther's first-person narration breathe new humanity into this grand and glorious story." Publishers Weekly.
|Publisher:||Recorded Books, LLC|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)|
|Age Range:||8 Years|
About the Author
Diane Wolkstein has been teaching, performing, and writing for over thirty-five years. She is the author of numerous award-winning books of folklore, including The Magic Orange Tree, and Other Haitian Folktales and Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth: Her Stories and Hymns from Sumer. Known for her meticulous research as well as her great range as a performer, Ms. Wolkstein traveled to Australia three times while preparing this story. She gives workshops on storytelling worldwide and lives in New York City.
In Her Own Words...
"I love stories. They give me strength, Inspiration, courage, and great delight. For thirty years I've told stories at the statue of Hans Christian Andersen in Central Park. I love watching the eyes of my audience light up as they enter stories. Stories let us explore the farthest places in the universe and the deepest recesses of the human heart. They present possibilities. They let us try out different emotions and characters. Stories are treasures which last forever.
"I also enjoy gardening, dancing, swimming, painting, and creating stories with music. My daughter, Rachel Zucker, is a poet, photographer, and the mother of a little boy named Moses."
Juan Wijngaard lives in Santa Monica, California.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Beautiful illustrations in the style of Persian miniatures. A retelling of the story of Queen Esther from her point of view. Too long for a story time for very young children, but if they know the story, then, in honor of the topsy-turviness of Purim, have them tell you the story based on the pictures.
A great rendition of Esther's story - very informative and entertaining. A great supplement to my Book Of Esther bible study, as a nice straightforward overview.