Abra­ham’s Search for God

Jacque­line Jules; Natas­cia Ugliano, illus.
  • Review
By – December 12, 2011

A ques­tion that is often asked about Abra­ham, the acknowl­edged founder of the Jew­ish reli­gion, is how did he arrive at the idea of one God, monothe­ism, when his father was an idol mak­er and his soci­ety was poly­the­is­tic? This book uses folk­loric and Midrashic sources to try to answer that question. 

In very appeal­ing illus­tra­tions and sim­ple yet poet­ic lan­guage, this book tells the sto­ry of Abraham’s grad­ual real­iza­tion that the world around him was cre­at­ed by one all-pow­er­ful Supreme Being. The sto­ry and illus­tra­tions will cap­ture young children’s inter­est and intro­duce them to one of the great fig­ures in the Bible. 

The author con­cludes the sto­ry by hav­ing the young Abra­ham decide that there has to be a greater pow­er than that evi­dent in the nat­ur­al won­ders he can see. The illus­tra­tions use bright col­ors and round­ed shapes to con­vey the inno­cence of Abra­ham and the won­der he feels in look­ing at the world around him. The repeat­ed phrase, You fill my heart and eyes,” acts as a refrain that chil­dren will hear through­out this charm­ing book. Ages 5 – 8.

Read­ing Guide

» Down­load the Abra­ham’s Search for God Read­ing Guide from PJ Library.

Susan Dubin was the first librar­i­an hon­ored with a Milken Fam­i­ly Foun­da­tion Jew­ish Edu­ca­tor Award. She is the owner/​director of Off-the-Shelf Library Ser­vices and library instruc­tion­al con­sul­tant at Val­ley Beth Shalom Day School in Enci­no, CA.

Discussion Questions