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Stories of Heaven and Earth

Hardback|Oct 2005
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This scholarly but accessible book is an examination of Old Testament stories as depicted in children's literature. These stories, for instance those of Noah, Moses, Joseph, Jonah and David have been adapted by a great number of children's authors and...


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This scholarly but accessible book is an examination of Old Testament stories as depicted in children's literature. These stories, for instance those of Noah, Moses, Joseph, Jonah and David have been adapted by a great number of children's authors and illustrators in fascinating and inventive ways. As feminist biblical scholarship and feminist theory have come to influence children's writers, we likewise note the publication of stories for children that concentrate on Noah's wife and other women associated with him. Each of the major books of the biblical canon are likewise studied in this lively and jargon-free book, which shows how children are allowed to dream of themselves as heroes while their moral and ethical development are also aided.
-Publisher

"Stories of Heaven and Earth is a resource for parents, teachers, clergy, and librarians. This book offers a critical examination of children's picture books based on stories from the Old Testament, as well as an analysis of these stories as powerful tales of emotional development. The book focuses on a select group of well-known biblical characters, including Adam and Eve, Noah, Moses, Joseph, David, Jonah, and Esther." "Throughout, emphasis is placed on the power of these stories as a source of literature rich in universal themes: ethical dilemmas, decision-making, rites of passage, and emotional growth. Some of the best-known authors of children's literature are covered. Drawing on connections to familiar fairy tales, folklore, and mythology, especially through the work of Joseph Campbell and Bruno Bettelheim, Hara and Diane Person show how Bible stories offer children important models of the journey from childhood to adulthood, from dependence to independence. We see how these timeless stories retold allow children to imagine the possibility of becoming the heroes of their own lives."--BOOK JACKET.
-Publisher


Stories of Heaven and Earth is intended to be a helpful resource for parents, librarians, teachers, and clergy. It offers a critical examination of children's picture books based on stories from the Old Testament, as well as an analysis of these stories as powerful tales of emotional development. The book focuses on a select group of well-known biblical characters, including Adam and Eve, Noah, Moses, Joseph, David, Jonah and Esther. In this original work, the authors make a cogent argument for why these stories matter. Emphasis is placed on the power of these stories as a source of literature rich in universal archetypes, ethical dilemmas, decision-making, rites-of-passage, and emotional growth. Drawing on connections to familiar fairy tales, folklore and mythology through the work of scholars like Joseph Campbell and Bruno Bettelheim, as well as the work of recognized theorists in the fields of child development and children's literature, the authors show how Bible Stories offer children critically important models of the journey from childhood into adulthood, from dependence to independence. Stories of Heaven and Earth shows how bible stories allow children to become the heroes of their own lives as they make the difficult but essential transition from childhood to adolescence and into adulthood.

-Publisher

PRODUCT DETAIL

Diane Person (Ed)

Person is the Editorial Director of the UAHC Press. Ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1998, she is a graduate of Amherst College and holds an M.A. in Fine Arts from New York University/International Center of Photography.

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