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The story of Joseph and his coat of many colors is a favorite Bible story - full of dramatic events and enduring lessons in love and faith. Because Joseph is Jacob's favorite son, Joseph's brothers are jealous. Their jealousy deepens when Jacob gives Joseph a beautiful coat, and they decide to sell Joseph as a slave for twenty pieces of silver. But God is watching over Joesph, and he survives imprisonment, captures Pharaoh's interest and respect, and becomes a powerful ruler in Egypt. Eventually he meets his brothers again, and his family, by the grace of God, is reunited. The tale of eleven brothers who sell their favored brother into slavery is a story about envy, greed and power, but also a story about love, compassion and forgiveness. Above all, it is a story about the power and mercy of God as he draws a bitterly divided family back together and in the process changes the course of nations. In this spectacular retelling, Brian Wildsmith has created sweeping illustrations rich with brilliant colors and fascinating details, vividly depicting the vast deserts and the lavish architecture of ancient Egypt. With great heart and great imagination, Wildsmith brings the story of Joseph to life for a new generation of readers.
A biblical children’s book that tells its story without belaboring its lessons is always pleasant to find, and Brian Wildsmith’s Joseph is an outstanding example. Its colorfully detailed paintings of ancient Egypt manage to be imaginative and realistic at the same time. . . . The tale has never been more beautifully presented.
Brian Wildsmith stands high among the international grandmasters of children’s books, and his new version of the Joseph story possesses real majesty, depicting with equal wonder the vast emptiness of the desert and the multihued wall paintings and overwhelming architecture of Egypt. . . . The Christmas season lasts until Twelfth Night, and a reading of this superb picture book would be an ideal way to conclude the holiday festivities.
—Washington Post Book World
Wildsmith’s ink-and-watercolor artwork has never seemed more polished, his colorings more carefully shaded.
The biblical Joseph has been basking in Broadway notoriety for some time, but this gorgeous piece of bookmaking may rightly enjoy some basking of its own. Shimmering watercolors with fine pen detailing illumine every exquisite, double-page spread while gold-rimmed pages exude the aura of Egyptian opulence and the story’s royal overtones.
—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal, Great Britain’s highest honor for picture books, Wildsmith captures the desert locale perfectly through the use of warm colors, even to the endpapers with their muted sunset tones and the hieroglyphics for Joseph’s name, while showing the beauty of Ancient Egypt as it must have been not with the artwork worn away from the centuries.
—Christian Library Journal
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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