The Story of Esther by Eric A. Kimmel
A Purim Tale

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Told for many thousands of years, Esther's story is still thrilling as well as inspiring. The Purim story is full of drama. It brings together a mighty king, a jealous scoundrel, and a wise uncle. However, at its center is a clever heroine who was so beautiful she was known as the Morning Star. It is only because of Queen Esther's cunning and courage that evil was brought to justice and many lives were saved.

About Eric A. Kimmel

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Eric Kimmel was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1946. He received a bachelor's degree in English Literature from Lafayette College. He also has a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Illinois. He was an elementary school teacher and college professor before becoming a full-time writer. He has published over fifty titles, many of which have won state and national awards. His titles "Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins" won the Caldecott Honor Medal, "The Chanukkah Guest" and "Gershon's Monster" won the Sydney Taylor Picture Book Award and "Anansi and the Talking Melon" won the Utah Children's Choice Award. Kimmel travels nationally and internationally visiting schools and talking about his books and telling stories. Jill Weber is a childrenrsquo;s book illustrator, book designer, and college art teacher. Her work has been praised for its childlike feel and vibrant appeal. She lives in New Hampshire.
Published February 1, 2011 by Holiday House. 32 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Adler recounts the plight of the small Jewish army led against Greek King Antiochus IV first by the old priest Mattathias and then by his son Judah in a direct, active voice.

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The Purim story contains elements of an intriguing mass-murder plot complete with a benevolent king, a brave and beautiful queen, her wise uncle and a villainous prime minister.

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They hew closely to the original, with the curious exception of making Esther a "natural beauty" who eschews the cosmetics and bling of the harem—a choice that drains the heroine of any fashionista appeal and seems at odds with the beloved Purim tradition of dressing up in gaudy costume.

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