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)

Friday, March 18, 2011


Queen Esther Seeking Permission to Speak, 2009
Mosiac by Lilian Broca
My favorite Old Testament Bible story growing up was about a Jewish girl named Esther.  Not just because I was drawn to fairy tales and pretty princesses (and this fit in that category perfectly), but mainly because I admired her courage and bravery in facing the King in order to save her people, her love for her Uncle Mordecai, and how she outsmarted the villain, Haman!  She was my childhood hero(ine).

In my younger years, I was plagued by recurring and painful ear infections.  Late one night, during one of these uncomfortable episodes, I remember asking my mother to read the story of Esther to me from our family Bible.  I was distracted for a little while, imagining the whole action-packed tale in my mind and picturing the beautiful young Queen asking King Ahasuerus for permission to enter his court and speak to him, unbidden.  I wanted to be brave, like her.

So in honor of Esther, and since Purim starts tomorrow at sundown, I hope you'll read her story to your daughters.  She's a wonderful role model of courage and loyalty...

QUEEN ESTHER retold in words and pictures by Katy Keck Arnsteen.

THE QUEEN WHO SAVED HER PEOPLE (Arch book) by Carol Greene.
The Queen Who Saved Her People

QUEEN ESTHER SAVES HER PEOPLE by Rita Golden Gelman, illustrations by Frane Lessac.
Queen Esther Saves Her People

THE STORY OF QUEEN ESTHER by Jenny Koralek, illustrations by Griselda Holderness.
The Story of Queen Esther


  1. The Story of the World by Susan Wise Bauer, read by Jim Weiss on CD, has a great number of stories that tell about history...my girls LOVE the CDs (total of 27...and MANY hours of listening)...Jim Weiss also has a CD "Stories from the Old Testament" and the story of Queen Esther is one of our favorites!

  2. Hi Wendy - have you ever seen a good icon of Queen Esther? I need to buy a print. Thanks!

    1. Barbi - I found one years ago, but I can no longer find it (or the iconographer) on the internet. I did recently find this site, which has two icons of Esther: http://www.betsyporter.com/Prophets.html