The song of Moses and other poems.
Seymour Mayne. Illustrated by Sharon Katz.
Grades 7 and up / Ages 12 and up.
Here is a collection of twenty short narratives and monologues by an award-winning poet and translator. They have appeared in other publications, including an earlier version of nine poems from this volume which appeared in April 1995 at http://www.digimark.net/iatech/books/intro.htm and is still available for viewing. There, this collection is described as "novel readings and interpretations of such classical biblical subjects as the stories of the Golden Calf, the Binding of Isaac, the Flood and the Garden of Eden."
More than just the biblical story is alluded to in these poems; there are suppositions about actions and results plus images to cause one to envision what might happen next. Readers do not need to know the whole biblical story although such a familiarity is an aid to understanding the basis of the poem.
Seymour Mayne, who teaches at the University of Ottawa, has been involved in the production of at least thirty titles since 1970. His works have been translated into a number of European languages including Spanish and Yiddish. Over the years, Mayne has won a number of literary awards and prizes for his work.
Brian Rountree is the teacher/librarian at Eastwood Elementary School, Thompson, Manitoba..
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