The Book of Jonah
Author: Peter Spier
Illustrator: Peter Spier
Word Count: 1009
This story is perfect for ages: 2-4, 4-6, 6+
Straight from Aunty LuLav
Here is the Book of Jonah in ALL its glory! Caldecott Winner – Peter Spier, retells the story, savoring every detail of this watery tale. Spier captures every argument, every temper tantrum, and every moment of repentance in his magnificent illustrations.
I cannot hide it; I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Peter Spier’s work. The illustrations are simple, yet rich in tiny details and subplots. He is the creator of many wordless books, allowing the pictures to tell the story.
The word count is high (1009) in the Book of Jonah, requiring a longer attention span for listening. However, the illustrations will engage the imaginations of younger children.
In the back of the book is a non-fiction section on the geography, history and archaeology of Nineveh, including diagrams of the structure of the ancient ships of Tarshish. This is interesting for parents and older children alike.
Peter Spier passed away in April 2017. It is my hope that his work will become perennial, passed from one generation to another. In my eyes, he is a legend in his time. Look for other titles, reviewed here by Aunty Lulav.
The End of the Matter5/5 waves
Let us brush off the scales and wave our Lulavs
just like the waves of the great sea! Yes!