Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Publisher: Harvest House
“Joseph had been sold to one of Pharaoh’s officials, a man named Potiphar, but God was still looking after him. Joseph was clever and hardworking, and soon Potiphar placed him in charge of this whole household,” it states in Harvest House’s children’s book, Joseph the Dreamer: Amazing Stories from the Old Testament.
At thirty-two pages, this oversized hardcover targets young children wanting to learn more about the interesting life of the Joseph from the Old Testament of the Bible. Having no listing of author or illustrator, the story and pictures are easy to understand and decipher. The topic of supposed rape is handled innocuously for naive readers.
Beginning with the account of Jacob and his sons, the father makes a colorful coat for his favorite child, Joseph. His brothers become jealous, especially when the boy tells them about his strange dreams that involve sheaves of grain and the moon, sun, and stars, predicting he will dominate them.
His mean brothers take his multi-colored coat and put him in a deep pit. Later they sell him into slavery, and he is taken to Egypt where Pharaoh’s wife accuses him of taking advantage of her. When he is thrown into prison, he interprets a wine steward and baker’s dreams. After being released from jail, he also explains Pharaoh’s two dreams of an upcoming famine.
When the food shortage hits, Joseph’s brothers visit for supplies and the well-respected man uses treachery to get his little brother to come to Egypt. Later when Joseph tells his family who he is, his father and relatives move to the new land to survive.
With brightly colored drawings on a page and a half spread and the black-font wording against a white background on the right side, children will be captivated by the details and expressions in the illustrations. Even if one story at a time was viewed, there would be plenty to learn when read.
This is a wonderful book to read that promotes the Bible and its interesting stories, showing readers to trust in God. Hopefully, this is the beginning to a scriptural series that will engage and introduce young ones to learn more about the Word. A small corresponding sticker book on Joseph’s life can also be purchased.
Thanks to Harvest House Publishers for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reviewer’s honest opinion.
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