Purpose of this Blog...

You may have noticed that not all books are equal in capturing children's imaginations and in cultivating those innocent, tender souls. My goal is to help you find the ones that do!
(Painting by Mary Cassatt: "Mrs Cassatt Reading to her Grandchildren" -1888)

Wednesday, March 7, 2012


The Jewish festival of Purim starts tonight at sundown and ends tomorrow at sundown. Whether or not you are familiar with the observance of this celebration, many of you may recognize its heroine, a brave Jewish girl named Esther.  Her story has always been special to me - (Click Here to read my post from last year).

Queen Esther Story Puppets - source here
Then Esther the queen answered and said, "If I have found favour in thy sight, O king, and if it please the king, let my life be given me at my petition, and my people at my request:  For we are sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, to be slain, and to perish. But if we had been sold for bondmen and bondwomen, I had held my tongue, although the enemy could not countervail the king's damage.”

This year I want to highlight a recorded version of her story, expertly told by Jim Weiss in Tales From the Old Testament.

Included on the cd are the Biblical stories of:
  • Abraham and the Idols
  • The Story of Ruth
  • Noah and the Ark
  • Queen Esther
  • David and Goliath
  • David's Dance
  • Wise King Solomon
Available through Greathall Productions, Inc. - found HERE.
To see my list of picture books about Queen Esther, go to my post HERE.

1 comment:

  1. We have that CD read by Jim Weiss....and got all the "Story of the World" ones from the library (each of the 3 volumes contains 9 CDs) by Susan Wise Bauer, also read by Jim Weiss...they are excellent! I do love the story of Esther. And thank you for letting me know about Purim. We have a friend who is Jewish, so I will be able to greet her on her holiday!!!