The Queen of Persia

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The Queen of PersiaWhat the Book is About:

This book is a graphic dramatization of the Purim story (Megillat Esther). It tells the story of how Queen Esther miraculously rescued the Persian Jewish community from the evil Haman in vibrantly illustrated comics. Peppered with kid-friendly jokes, clever quizzes, and fun illustrations, this book is sure to entertain as well as introduce the characters and details of this exciting story in a fun and engaging way.
 
This hilarious graphic novel contains details based on a Midrashic (ancient Rabbinic interpretation) understanding of the Purim story. For example, the idea that Queen Vashti forced her maids to work on Shabbat or that she was afflicted with pimples are not found in the Megillah text, but are based on the Midrash.

Jewish Content and Values

This book is a special selection sent out to coincide with the Jewish holiday of Purim. It tells the story of Purim as described in Megillat Esther, the book of Esther.

Positive Role Models

  • Esther is a famous Jewish hero; she risks her own life to save the Jewish people. 
  • Mordechai cares for his niece, Esther, and in his role as leader of the Jewish people, he teaches them Torah and encourages them to pray for salvation.

Content Advisory

The guests at King Achashverosh’s party overeat and drink wine to excess, and there are several scenes illustrating that some are suffering the after-effects of drinking too much alcohol. Haman and his family discuss ways to kill Mordechai, and eventually we see their cartoon feet in the background as they are hanged on the gallows. Haman’s daughter falls from a window with a “BONK” while saying, “Goodbye, cruel world.” We don’t see whether she survives the fall. The Jews and Persians are armed with swords and clubs and engage in a ball-of-dust-style cartoon fight. 

Talk it Over

When King Achashverosh searches for a new wife, he sends out messengers to recruit the most beautiful women in his kingdom. What do you think is the most important quality to look for in a partner?

More For You

The Purim holiday is traditionally celebrated with four main customs: eating a festive meal (Seudah), reading the Megillat Esther, giving baskets of food to friends and neighbors (Mishloach Manot), and distributing gifts to the poor (Matanot Le’evyonim). In addition, many celebrants wear elaborate costumes to indicate the hidden hand of God in the miracle or to symbolize Esther’s hiding her identity as a Jew until the critical moment. Others enjoy hamentashen (Haman’s pockets, or Oznei Haman, Haman’s ears), a delicious triangular pastry stuffed with fillings like prune, chocolate, halva, or raspberry or apricot jam. There are so many different many ways Jewish communities around the world celebrate this joyous holiday, but all will agree that it’s lots of fun!

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