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Animals of the Bible by Dorothy P. Lathrop
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Jan 11, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: caldecott-challenge, picture-books, kidlit

I liked this more than I expected, but I still rate it a "two" (low level of personal enjoyment). It's a different kind of reading and most likely won't appeal to many children these days, but I learned a few new things and appreciated the delicate pencil illustrations. I wonder if a colorized version would be worth doing.

Each chapter deals with an animal mentioned in the Bible, with the Bible verse written in paragraph form alongside the picture. It's been a while since I've read anything biblical, so the style of writing was a slog - however, I learned some new things!

For example, the origin of the term "scapegoat" and that a "behemoth" could be a hippo (I always thought it was a generic big huge monstery-thing) AND, it was interesting to revisit some classic Bible stories, such as Jonah and the Great Fish.


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