Wednesday, September 19, 2012

My Favorite Picture Books: Sarah Laughs

Sarah Laughs (Bible) by Jacqueline Jules, illustrated by Natascia Ugliano

This is a beautifully illustrated story of Abraham and Sarah, wandering and waiting upon the promises of the Lord. The author based her imagined story on legend as well as Biblical texts. As a mother, I have a new appreciation for the sorrow and pain Sarah experienced as well as her absolute joy at the birth of her son. This book allows children to see some of her story as well.

Most of all, I love the illustrations. My favorite shows Abraham's arm around Sarah as he tells her of God's promise with the starts shimmering behind them. It's as if he realizes how difficult it is for her to have faith when she has not heard the Lord's voice and that he loves her all the more for it.

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