The White Ram
From School Library Journal, Starred Review:
This stunningly illustrated picture book is based on a Midrash about a white ram made by God on the sixth day of creation … Both Judaic and Christological references can be gleaned from the text, but the story is truly ecumenical and would be universal to all belief systems.
Dedicated to “all our fellow animals from whom we receive and take so much,” this book is sure to provoke a moment of reflection about those in our lives who sacrifice so much for us. A masterful melding of illustration and story, The White Ram will enhance all collections.
From Publishers Weekly, Starred Review:
In this powerful and lyrical picture book inspired by Jewish legends… Gerstein Imagines the viewpoint of the white ram that plays a key role in the Bible story of Abraham and Isaac.
Gerstein achieves striking textured medium using a sunny palette and a blend of pen, ink, oils, and colored pencil. His depictions of a craggy and truly sinister-looking evil one, and formations of clouds and sky that suggest the hands of God will have young readers repeatedly poring over these pages.