Friday, March 26, 2021

Sweet picture books from Candlewick Press about Baby Moses and another about a scary goose [Review & Giveaway]

Baby Moses in a Basket by Caryn Yacowitz & illustrated by Julie Downing  

My thoughts:  The story of baby Moses being placed in a wicker basket and then into the river is embraced in Christianities Biblical text, Jewish Torah, and similar stories in Babylonian lore. 

This lovely little children's book Baby Moses in a Basket fleshes out the story with a drifting down the river after the basket is placed in the water and prior to discovery by Pharaoh's daughter.

An unperturbed baby floats through marshes, agitated water, and amidst dangers and all the while protected by a variety of animals, fish, and even crocodile. 

Definitely a bit more than the Biblical account but a sweet story and lovely illustrations.

About the book: The story of a tiny baby’s epic journey—and the surprising help he gets along the way—in a touching, transcendent picture book.

In the time of the pharaohs, a loving mother saves her son by tucking him into a basket and setting him afloat on the wide, wild Nile River. Over one long night, the creatures of the Nile—Curious Ibis, Mama Hippo, Mighty Crocodile—watch over Moses, nudge him on his way, and keep him safe through catching reeds and a raging storm. As morning breaks, the river delivers the baby safe and sound into an unexpected safe haven—the welcoming arms of the pharaoh’s daughter. With a poetic text and sumptuous watercolors, Caryn Yacowitz and Julie Downing introduce the youngest readers to Moses and the Exodus story and weave a warm, reassuring tale of love and comfort. Ideal for Passover and year-round, this universal story invites little ones of any faith to experience a thrilling journey in perfect, protected safety.

Mindi and the Goose No One Else Could See by Sam McBratney & illustrated by Linda Olafsdottir  

My thoughts: 
I think this is a charming book and the illustrations are beautifully done. Little Mindi is fearful. There is a goose that only she can see and it makes her afraid.

Her parents want to do something to help her become unafraid so they seek the assistance of an older gentleman who lives on a nearby farm.

The way Mindi's fears are laid to rest are wise and sweet. I think this little book is a keeper.

About the book: A charming new story from the author of Guess How Much I Love You offers an original--and heartening--take on childhood anxiety.

Once there was a girl called Mindi who was afraid of something that no one else could see. This thing that she was afraid of, this thing that no one else could see, was a big goose. It came into her room as quietly as a thought comes into your head. . . .

When a little girl named Mindi says she is being visited by a big goose--a scary creature that is visible only to her--her devoted dad and mom try everything they can think of to drive it away. But maybe some outside assistance is warranted from their wise friend Austen, a farmer who knows what is needed to help Mindi turn her mind to something new. In a sensitive exploration of childhood fears, Sam McBratney, the author of Guess How Much I Love You, narrates with charm, wit, and a touch of whimsy, while Linda Olafsdottir's delicate illustrations enhance the modern fairy-tale feel in a story that is sure to become a bedtime favorite. 

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