cover image Abraham’s Search for God

Abraham’s Search for God

Jacqueline Jules, , illus. by Natascia Ugliano. . Kar-Ben, $17.95 (0pp) ISBN 978-1-58013-243-5

How did Abraham become known as the father of Judaism, Christianity and Islam?Jules offers a picture-book-style theory, as she imagines the religious figure as a child questioning conventions of the day and embracing the bold idea of “One God.” Young readers will find much to connect with in Abraham’s curiosity about the world as voiced in the accessible text: “Who made the clouds? Who made the flowers?... 'There must be something greater than the idols,’ Abraham decided.” He deduces that the “one great power” that controls the movement of the sun and moon, and creates rainbows and thunder, “rules the entire universe and sets everything in motion.” Ugliano’s stylized, playful pastels have a creamy, textured appearance, emphasizing the rich earth tones—blue, green, yellow—of the natural world that Abraham observes. Ages 5-9. (Sept.)