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In the Days of Sand and Stars

by Marlee Pinsker
illustrated by Francois Thisdale

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jewish, girls & women, spirituality
list price: $26.99
published: 2006
publisher: Tundra
  • Short-listed, Sydney Taylor Book Award, Association of Jewish Libraries
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Take out your time telescope, wipe the dust and cobwebs from its lens, tilt it upwards, and find a twinkling speck of light. Now look behind it … way back, to the days of sand and stars.

Here are the Midrash stories of famous women whose names you may know, but whose daily lives and human thoughts have been ignored for far too long. From Eve to Emzera, from Sarah to Rebecca, they are presented here with humor and affection as they face a new and changing world where miracles and customs shape their destiny.

Midrash tales are what-if stories built around the grains of information the Bible offers, and author Marlee Pinsker excels as she imbues these legendary women with warmth and spirit.

A wonderful gift book for anyone, but especially meaningful for Bat Mitzvahs and Confirmations, In the Days of Sand and Stars is an impressive, straightforward collection, sparse and clear in
its telling.

Quebec artist, François Thisdale has produced a marvelous collection of images with his “time telescope” and digital expertise. Through his talents we see all of these very human women in moments of reflection, tenderness, ingenuity, and wonder.

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Contributor notes

Marlee Pinsker has guided children, teens, and adults in exploring the Bible and its meaning to our lives for many years. She has lived in Buffalo, Philadelphia, Chicago, San Antonio, Jerusalem, and New York. She currently makes her home in Toronto where she continues to teach, and where she received the Teacher of Excellence Award in 2002. In the Days of Sand and Stars is her first book.

For nearly twenty years, François Thisdale has worked as an award-winning freelance illustrator, creating images for children’s books, news magazines, annual corporate reports, and book covers on behalf of North American and European clients. His trademark multi-textured images are the product of a unique blend of traditional drawing and painting techniques with digital imagery. An experienced musician, he has also composed soundtracks for short films and art exhibits.

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Editorial Review

In the Days of Sand and Stars takes us…beyond the stories we know from the Bible or Torah to further flesh out the characters. This book takes readers back in time and into the hearts and minds of these curious, daring women.”
Today’s Parent

"Pinsker works like a musician, playing with words instead of notes, but the result is just as lilting and lyrical."

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