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Kings and queens take the spotlight in many of the Old Testament's most memorable stories. Mary Hoffman reveals the colourful personalities behind the thrones of Israel and its surrounding kingdoms. Meet Rameses II of Egypt, the Israelite kings David and Solomon, the fabulous Queen of Sheba, the Phoenician Queen Jezebel, Belshazzar of Babylon and Queen Esther of Persia.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781845071257
ISBN-10: 1845071255
Format: Hardback
(270mm x 270mm x 10mm)
Pages: 40
Imprint: Frances Lincoln Childrens Books
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Publish Date: 15-May-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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US Kirkus Review » Hoffman, author of the Amazing Grace and Stravaganza series, offers her third entry in her series of Bible story collections with this thematic exploration of the kings and queens of the Old Testament. This smoothly written collection includes short chapters on Moses (along with Pharaoh), King David, King Solomon, the Queen of Sheba, Queen Jezebel, King Belshazzar and Queen Esther. Each chapter contains two or three full pages of text along with several full-page, watercolor, ink and pencil illustrations in Balit's striking style, which is heavily influenced by Egyptian art. Her pictures feature glowing highlights of gold and such imaginative touches as King Solomon's bright red hair and beard accented with dots of turquoise. Hoffman makes her stories both interesting and understandable, and she skillfully handles some of the violent aspects without skirting the issues. A concluding page locates the stories within the books of the Old Testament. (Picture book/religion. 6-9) (Kirkus Reviews)


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Author Biography - Mary Hoffman

MARY HOFFMAN has written over 90 books for children, that range from picture books to novels. Amazing Grace, first published in 1991, was commended for the Kate Greenaway Medal and has since become a modern classic. Together with its sequels, Grace and Family and Princess Grace, and the storybooks Starring Grace, Encore Grace and Bravo, Grace, it has sold around 1.5 million copies. Mary has also written the hugely successful Great Big Book of Families, illustrated by Ros Asquith, which is now in 15 editions worldwide. Her other books for Frances Lincoln include The Colour of Home, Kings and Queens of the Bible and An Angel Just Like Me. She lives in Oxfordshire with her husband and three Burmese cats, and has three grown-up children, all working in the arts. CHRISTINA BALIT was born in Manchester but grew up in the Middle East. She studied at Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art, and also attended Morley Theatre School and Questors Theatre School. She has exhibited widely and is also a playwright. Her books have won several nominations, commendations and a shortlist place for the Kate Greenway Medal. Kingdom of the Sun (written by Jaqueline Mitton), won the 2002 English Association Award for non-fiction.

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