Winner of Aesop’s Awards Accolade and Sydney Taylor Library Award.
An inspired retelling of the young Jewish girl, Esther, who became the Queen of Persia and saved her people from annihilation. Wijngaard’s gorgeous illustrations and Wolkstein’s rendering of Esther’s first–person narration breathe new humanity into this grand and glorious story, introducing us to one of the Bible’s great heroines. The last words of the book: “The story will pass from one to another. I think that is how it was meant to be. Once it was my story. Now it belongs to each of us.” Recommended for ages 6+ and all religious backgrounds.
HarperCollins, New York City, 1996, paperback. ISBN 0–688–15844–7. Hardcover edition out of print.
Reviews and Testimonials:
Wijngaard’s lavish illustrations and Wolkstein’s narration breathe new humanity into this grand and glorious story, introducing to all children the power of self–sacrifice.
The diary format confers immediacy; readers share the loneliness, fears, and determinations of this legendary heroine.