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The story of the exodus and the rescue of the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt is one of the greatest stories in the Bible. With vivid, richly detailed illustrations, Brian Wildsmith captures all the major events of this powerful and exciting tale — Moses in the bulrushes, the burning bush, the plagues that afflict Egypt, the Passover, the crossing of the Red Sea, the journey through the desert, the Ten Commandments, and finally the arrival at the Promised Land. God's guiding hand is always evident, particularly as he leads his people through the desert with a pillar of cloud and fire. And 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 moutnains and wilderness, to the peaceful place God's people can finally call home.
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.
The writing is straightforward and simple; the story is brief but accurate. The artwork is a visual feast. . . . 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.
—School Library Journal
Grand-scale illustrations that typically span both large pages edged in gleaming gold wll rivet readers’ attention. The compelling, awesome, and intricate artwork will undoubtedly affect forever the way children who experience it view Moses’ story.
About the Author
Brian Wildsmith was brought up in the mining village of Penistone, near Sheffield, England, and he attended the Slade School of Fine Art. Upon completing his studies, Brian made use of his love of music and skill as a pianist in the National Service, teaching music at the Royal School of Music. He became an art teacher after the National Service but soon gave up teaching to fulfill his true ambition, painting.
Brian began working with children’s books in the 1960s, designing book covers for Oxford University Press. There, he was asked to illustrate a book entitled ABC which received the Kate Greenaway Medal in 1962 and is now in its 19th American edition. He has since illustrated more than sixty books for children. Brian has earned a worldwide reputation as a children's book artist and believes that picture books are vitally important for developing a child's appreciation of beauty.
Brian Wildsmith currently resides in the South of France.
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