Peter Spier, Jonah, watercolor and ink, 1992.

Peter Spier was a Dutch-American illustrator who created over 40 children's books in his career between 1957 and 1995. In this visual retelling of the biblical story of Jonah, Spier used his talent and skills with pen, ink and watercolor to create dense landscapes, full of detailed scenes not readily apparent at first glance. His characters, human and animal, are sympathetic and humorous and those dense landscapes have a cinematic quality that still keep young readers engaged.  A reference section at the end of the book shares historical and geographical notes about the setting of the Jonah story, including a diagram of what a ship from Tarshish might have looked like and maps of the ancient city of Nineveh and the location of its ruins in present-day Iraq.

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