Thursday, February 21, 2008

Animals of the Bible

Finished Animals of the Bible, the very first winner of the Caldecott Medal in 1938. The book is made up of excerpts from The Old Testament and The New Testament. These excerpts include various references to animals. The illustrations, drawn by Dorothy P. Lathrop are nicely detailed. Some of the excerpts seem a bit scary to me and some are just plain strange. One from The Old Testament is entitled "Behemoth" and features a drawing of a hippopotamus with his mouth wide open. I've never read so much from The Bible before. Much like the first Newbery medalist, this book was a long haul for me.

On to the Caldecott Honor books for 1938...

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