Sarah Laughs by Jacqueline JulesSarah Laughs by Jacqueline Jules

Sarah Laughs

byJacqueline Jules

Picture Books | January 1, 2008

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This biblical story tells of the elderly Sarah who laughs in delight when she overhears three strangers tell her husband Abraham that he will soon become a father. When a son is born to her the following year she names him Isaac, which means laughter, and the world rejoices with her.

Jacqueline Jules is the award-winning author of 25 children's books, including No English (2012 Forward National Literature Award), Zapato Power: Freddie Ramos Takes Off (2010 CYBILS Literary Award, Maryland Blue Crab Young Reader Honor Award, ALSC Great Early Elementary Reads), and Freddie Ramos Makes a Splash (named on 2013 List of B...
Title:Sarah LaughsFormat:Picture BooksDimensions:32 pages, 9.75 × 9.5 × 0.13 inPublished:January 1, 2008Publisher:Lerner Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0822599341

ISBN - 13:9780822599340


Editorial Reviews

The Old Testament says little about Sarah's feelings, so this moving picture book draws on midrash (legend) and on modern biblical commentary to imagine the inner life of Abraham's wife. Warm, clear, rhythmic acrylic double-page spreads show the close bond between husband and wife, as well as the larger story of the couple leading peo-ple as nomads until they arrive in Canaan. Always there is the warmth inside Sarah's tent, with the doors wide open to welcome others and teach worship of one invisible God. But there is sorrow, too. In a dream, God predicts to Abraham that the children of his children will be as many as the stars, but Sarah cannot bear children, and she urges Abraham to take a second wife-until an angel appears to Abraham, and, finally, a son is born to the elderly couple. They name him Isaac, which means ?laughter,? and the climactic picture shows Sarah holding her baby in a world circle of joy.