The Book of Jonah
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The Book of Jonah

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This is the story of Jonah and the whale, delightfully told and beautifully illustrated.
Hardcover, 36 pages
Published August 12th 2000 by Baker Books (first published 1985)
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Shanna Gonzalez
Peter Spier has again brought us an enthralling rendition of a beloved Bible story. Unlike his wordless Noah's Ark, this book includes text that closely parallels the biblical story, but the intricate detail and visual drama are interesting enough to keep pre-readers engaged long after the story has been read aloud. For older readers, there is a postscript containing a fair bit of historical background, maps and archaelogical information about the historical Nineveh.

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With some of the obscure details of the story included, this picture book is a great one for bringing the biblical story to life. It also includes archaeological information on Ninevah and Tarshish, cities in the story. I really liked Peter Spier's illustrations because they are both comical and believable. He has a great black-line style that is unpretentious. Families who base their values on the Bible ought to encourage their children to read and remember the stories found there and to rely o...more
If you're gonna read Moby-Dick, read this and Coleridge's Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner first. It's not like it takes super long or anything.

(I did not actually read this children's illustrated version...this is just the only book that's only the story of Jonah that I could find. I read the King James version.)
This is a well done book, lots of small pictures but probably too much for preschoolers. I would use this maybe starting 1st/2nd grade. Would be really good for kids up to 6th grade. Not sure the illustrations are the best, it's very busy but there are plenty of them.
I'm not really a fan of this Bible story, but Peter Spier's illustrations are, as usual, absolutely amazing. He is one of my very favorite illustrators.
We love Peter Spier. He has to be one of the best author/illustrators for young kids.
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