Sunday, December 7, 2008


According to the dust jacket on the book, Jubilee, written by Ellen Yeomans and illustrated by Tim Ladwig, is the author’s vision of what Heaven will be like. Heaven is described and depicted as a “picnic and reunion” of family members and friends. The author describes an event of much joy and celebration, complete with a full table of food, games, music, singing and dancing, a time and a place where “all is joy to be.”

The book is written in non-rhyming verse, with each stanza ending in the word “Jubilee.” The words are descriptive and evoke a feeling of happiness and joy for all.

The vivid illustrations perfectly complement the text, bringing the two together in a harmonious celebration of words and pictures.

What I Like: I like the illustrations. They are bright, colorful, realistic and delightful.

What I Dislike: The only thing I didn’t like about the book is the fact that the word Heaven isn’t used anywhere in the actual text. It is mentioned only in the blurb on the book’s jacket, telling the reader the book is about Heaven.

Overall Rating: Very good.

Age Appeal: The publisher suggests 4-8 as the age group for this book. I think an age group of 6-10 would be more appropriate.

Publisher Info: Eerdman’s Books for Young Readers, 2004; ISBN: 0802852300; Hardcover: $16.00.

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