Cover image for Exodus
Wildsmith, Brian.
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Publication Information:
Grand Rapids, Mich. : Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, [1998]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 25 x 32 cm
Describes how God sent Moses to lead his people out of slavery in Egypt and into the promised land of Canaan.
Reading Level:
AD 640 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.6 0.5 44091.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 5.6 3 Quiz: 22908 Guided reading level: NR.
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BS680.E9 W53 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
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his is the story of how one man led his people out of slavery to a land that God had promised to give them. His name was Moses.

With vivid, richly detailed illustrations, Brian Wildsmith captures all the major events of one of the greatest stories in the Bible. The story of the Exodus and the rescue of the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt is a powerful and exciting tale which attests that God's guiding hand is always evident.

In Wildsmith's hands, this familiar journey comes alive against stunning backdrops--from the great palaces of ancient Egypt, to the vast expanses of Sinai's mountains and wilderness, to the peaceful place God's people can finally call home.

Author Notes

Brian Wildsmith was born on January 22, 1930. He studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, London for three years. He later taught maths at the Royal Military School of Music but left so that he could pursue painting.

He began working with Oxford University Press in the late 1950s when he was commissioned to illustrate 12 color plates for Tales from the Arabian Nights. He wrote and illustrated more than 80 books during his lifetime including A Christmas Story, Cat on the Mat, and ABC, which won the Kate Greenaway Medal. He died on August 31, 2016 at the age of 86.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-5, younger for reading aloud. Wildsmith recounts the life of Moses, from his beginnings as an infant set adrift in a basket of reeds to his childhood as an Egyptian prince to his long travails leading the Hebrew people out of Egypt and into the promised land of Canaan. As always, Wildsmith's lush pen-and-watercolor paintings bring vivid detail to the story. The spreads range from panoramic views (of ancient Egypt) to composites of smaller scenes (Passover and the plagues) to close-ups (Moses receiving the Ten Commandments). Gold borders around each spread and the dust jacket and rose-and-gold endpapers depicting replicas of the Ten Commandments add to the elegance of the presentation. A worthy companion to Wildsmith's Joseph (1997), this will be a welcome addition to most collections, especially where the recent animated Prince of Egypt movie is popular. --Kay Weisman

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 4-Wildsmith recounts Moses's saga from his rescue in the bulrushes by Pharaoh's daughter to his death on Mt. Nebo overlooking the Promised Land. The writing is straightforward and simple; the story is brief but accurate. The artwork is a visual feast. The double-page illustrations, framed in gold, are panoramas of activity, crowded with the figures of the Hebrew multitudes suffering in slavery, streaming out of Egypt, traversing the Red Sea between walls of water, wandering in the brown hills of the desert, and at last, triumphantly entering the verdant Canaan. Filled with meticulous and decorative detail, glowing with rich colors, and arranged to maximize dramatic impact, the paintings show the awesome events with excitement and beauty. The pillars of cloud and fire are shaped like huge pointing fingers. Animals, birds, and sea life abound. God's presence is shown by a multicolored, starry shape superimposed on a sphere. The endpapers present the Ten Commandments printed on monumental, gold-decorated arks against a background of intense violet and rose. Even if your library has Leonard Everett Fisher's excellent Moses (1995) or Miriam Chaikin's Exodus (1987, both Holiday), powerfully illustrated by Charles Mikolaycak, this new book should be included.-Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.