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Meet Me at the Well: The Girls and Women of the Bible

Meet Me at the Well: The Girls and Women of the Bible

Old Testatment stories center around men, but hidden in the background are strong-willed, daring females. This volume of masterful retellings pairs eloquent profiles with stunning art, answering one question: What makes these women heroes? Full color.

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ISBN 9781580893749
Barcode 9781580893749
Published 15 January 2018 by Charlesbridge Publishing,U.S.
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Yolen, Jane
By Goldin, Barbara Diamond
Illustrated by Mintzi, Vali
Availability Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days

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ISBN-13 9781580893749
ISBN-10 1580893740
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Charlesbridge Publishing,U.S.
Imprint Charlesbridge Publishing,U.S.
Publication Date 15 January 2018
International Publication Date 16 January 2018
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Yolen, Jane
By Goldin, Barbara Diamond
Illustrated by Mintzi, Vali
Category Reference
Number of Pages 112
Dimensions Width: 191mm
Height: 254mm
Spine: 20mm
Weight 664g
Interest Age Children / Young Adults
Reading Age Children / Young Adults
Library of Congress Women in the Bible
NBS Text Children's General Non-Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code 221.922082
Catalogue Code 880007

Description of this Book

A beautiful volume of stories from the Hebrew Bible (called the Old Testament in other traditions) capturing twelve strong and notable females. Recounting the stories of women like Eve, Esther, Ruth, and Miriam, Meet Me at the Well pairs eloquent profiles with stunning art. Each chapter is devoted to a single story with text complemented by sidebars, known in Jewish tradition as midrashim, that pose questions, provide more information, and include nondemoninational interpretations. While routed in sacred text and stories, these women's lives are part of many traditions, offering appeal across cultures, religions, and generations.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Two award-winning children's-book authors team up for a more modern, feminist take on stories of girls and women in the Hebrew Bible. In biblical times, wells were the centers of social life for teenage girls--where future husbands and thirsty animals might appear and news and gossip are traded. Via 14 stories that range from Eve, the first woman and mother, to Esther, who becomes savior and queen of her people, readers learn about these and other complicated subjects including marriage, motherhood, infertility, widowhood, and inheritance as well as female roles and experiences as judge, prophet, and leader. Each chapter offers a story overview identifying female heroism, as well as annotated sidebars anticipating readers' questions, followed by an Imagine segment in the character's voice by Goldin and a poem by Yolen. The authors demystify the concept of midrash--noncanonical exploration of or commentary on a story or text--empowering readers to consider their own searching examinations of the subjects presented. Most of the commentary is from Jewish sources, but some include commonalities with other faiths, particularly Christianity and Islam. While the presentation is a little staid, this book is solid, well-researched, well-organized, and especially appropriate for young people preparing for or celebrating coming-of-age rituals. A much-needed, thoughtful updating of Bible stories about women that functions as both storytelling experience and classic reference tome. -- Kirkus Reviews (STARRED REVIEW)

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Author's Bio

*Jane Yolen is the award-winning author of over three hundred children's books including Last Laughs- Prehistoric Epitaphs and Last Laughs- Animal Epitaphs, Bad Girls (with Heidi E. Y. Stemple); Owl Moon, a Caldecott Medal Winner; the How Do Dinosaurs . . . ? series, and Sea Queens. She has been called the Hans Christian Andersen of the Americas. Jane lives in Western Massachusetts and Scotland. *Barbara Diamond Goldin is the author of many picture books and story collections. She received the prestigious Sydney Taylor Body-of-Work Award in 1997. A former teacher and children's librarian, Barbara is now a library director in Western Massachusetts, and she also leads writing workshops and speaks about writing to school and library groups around the country. < Vali Mintzi is an illustrator, graphic designer, and puppet-theater designer. She is the illustrator of The Girl With the Brave Heart- A Tale from Tehran (Barefoot Books) as well as several children's books in Hebrew. She lives in Jerusalem with her architect partner and three daughters.

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