The Old Testament Made Easy by Jeanne Steig and William Steig, 1990 first edition.


Written by Jeanne Steig. Illustrated by William Steig. First edition, 1990. Michael Di Capua Books. Farrar, Straus, Giroux. New York.

On the Banks of the Nile

"The daughter of Pharaoh
Was thrilled to the marrow
When Moses turned up.
(He was cute as a pup.)

"Crying 'Isn't he luscious!'
She snatched from the rushes
This child of the Jews,
Would later make news."

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"The author and illustrator of Consider the Lemming team up again, this time for a fresh, irreverent look at stories from the Old Testament.

"Cain and Abel, Noah, Jezebel, Solomon, David, Jehovah Himself - the whole Sunday-school cast of villains and heroes, rascals and romantics comes to live in Jeanne Steig's wild and witty verse."

William Steig (1907 - 2003) was an artist, sculptor, and well-known New Yorker cartoonist, and at age 61 he became a children's book author with the publication of CDB. He also wrote Silvester and The Magic Pebble, for which he won a Caldecott Medal, Abel's Island, Doctor De Soto, and many others. He's also the creator of Shrek, a favorite in our families!

Jeanne Steig (1930 - 2022) was an artist and author of whimsical and witty retellings of fairy tales and myths, often in collaboration with her husband William Steig. Jeanne also worked with sculptures, collages, and stationary puppets from salvaged materials and found objects. Her work was recognized in the exhibition "William Steig: Love and Laughter" at the Norman Rockwell Museum, where she donated over 800 pieces of her husband's work. Jeanne's perspective on life was reflected in her love for vibrant socks, which brought her joy even during her nightly viewings of gory movies. Other books include Alpha Beta Chowder and Consider the Lemming.
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Condition: Near Fine/Very Good. Dust jacket: Light shelf wear; light wear along upper edges; sunning along the spine, visible on the reverse. Gilt-typed plum cloth cover boards. Pages are clean, undamaged, and complete.

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